Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- One of Gwinnett's major trash haulers is going green.
Advanced Disposal, which is in charge of garbage pickup for more than 50,000 households in Gwinnett, recently broke ground on a compressed natural gas fueling station, which will allow a fleet of garbage trucks to run on clean energy.
CNG, as the fuel is known, is about half the price of diesel fuel, produces half the noise and generates low hydrocarbon emissions, reducing the fleet's greenhouse gas emissions by 23 percent, company officials said.
Plus, it reduces the country's dependence on foreign oil.
"CNG is cleaner than diesel, and is also greener, cheaper and abundantly found in our soil - well, rocks if you want to be technical," said Charles Carroll, Advanced Disposal's corporate director of maintenance, said in a press release.
With 27 trucks on order and a fueling station in Ball Ground under construction, officials hope to begin running routes using CNG by the end of the summer.
"We believe you can't put a price tag on clean air, so we're doing all we can to keep the Atlanta area clean and green for generations to come," said Charlie Gray, regional vice president for Advanced Disposal.