Refuse companies in the United States are rapidly investing in natural gas vehicles mainly due to the enormous savings in fuel costs. As the fastest growing Natural Gas Vehicle segment, waste collection and transfer vehicles account for about 15% of total vehicular natural gas use. Furthermore, almost 50% of the trash trucks purchased in 2011 were natural gas powered. They are used mainly in metropolitan areas and many small communities.

One of the main driving factors behind the proliferation of CNG refuse trucks is the fact that operators are saving in excess of $15,000 annually on fuel costs. Notably, these savings accrue without having to sacrifice performance. With the benefit of low cost fuel, and thus the faster payback on the initial investment, the switch to natural gas is a feasible financial option for both public and private fleets. And due to improved engine technology, these vehicles now have the ability to power through the toughest terrains while still meeting the very stringent EPA emission standards. Moreover, community support is overwhelming due in part to substantially lower noise levels, no diesel smell, and less engine exhaust.

And options for converting a fleet have never been more abundant. Every major refuse chassis manufacturer offers natural gas refuse trucks. These vehicles are available in a variety of custom configurations. The answer is clear – natural gas for refuse is the optimal solution.

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