The Globe and Mail

Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

Press release from Business Wire

Waste Management Opens 50th Natural Gas Fueling Station

<p> Company adds natural gas trucks and public station in Jackson, Miss. </p>

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Waste Management Opens 50th Natural Gas Fueling Station

08:15 EDT Wednesday, July 31, 2013

JACKSON, Miss. (Business Wire) -- Waste Management (NYSE:WM) today announced the opening of its 50th natural gas fueling station, a further move toward the company's sustainability goals of reducing its fleet emissions and increasing its fuel efficiency. At a ceremony in Jackson, Miss., state, county and local officials joined the company to dedicate the fueling station and the fleet, which will service routes in the communities in and around the city.

“This is a significant milestone for us as we convert our heavy-duty collection fleet to natural gas,” said Eric Woods, vice president of fleet supply chain for Waste Management. “For each diesel truck produced in 2006 or earlier that we replace with a natural gas one, we see an average annual reduction of 8,000 gallons of diesel and 22 metric tons of greenhouse gases.”

Woods added that with the company's 32,000 collection and support vehicles, the conversion makes good business sense because of the significant maintenance and diesel fuel costs savings.

Considered one of the cleanest alternative fuels available for heavy-duty trucks in the transportation industry, compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel will also be made available to Jackson municipalities, businesses and the public through the new CNG retail station.

Of the company's 50 fueling stations across North America, 18 are accessible to the public. Waste Management owns the stations, purchases the fuel and funds their construction, a strategy that allows the company to secure competitive prices.

Waste Management has been a pioneer and national leader in the use of natural gas for heavy duty trucks since the 1990s. The company already operates more than 2,200 alternatively fueled vehicles with the largest fleet of natural gas collection trucks in North America.

In 2007, as part of its corporate sustainability goals, Waste Management committed to increase its fleet's fuel efficiency by 15 percent and reduce its fleet emissions by 15 percent by 2020. The company accomplished a 20 percent reduction in fleet emissions by the end of 2011, beating its goal by nine years.

“Natural gas-powered collection trucks run cleaner and quieter, providing our customers and communities with a top-notch level of customer service and minimal impact on the environment,” said James Funderburg, senior district manager, Waste Management of Jackson. “We are dedicated to providing our customers with outstanding service while doing business in a sustainable manner.”

Waste Management's CNG fueling stations are located in the following communities

Auburn, Wash. (two stations)         Des Moines, Iowa         Ottawa, Ontario
Baldwin Park, Calif. El Cajon, Calif. Palmdale, Calif.
Blaine, Minn. Franklin, Wis. Pompano Beach, Fla.
Bristol, Pa. Fresno, Calif. Portland, Ore.
Camden, N.J. Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. Rochester, N.Y.
Canal Winchester, Ohio Grass Valley, Calif. Santa Ana, Calif.
Carlsbad, Calif. Henderson, Colo. Santa Maria, Calif.
Castroville, Calif. Irvine, Calif. Seattle, Wash.
Chesapeake City, Va. Jackson, Miss. Simi Valley, Calif.
Chino, Calif. Livermore, Calif. Spokane Valley, Wash.
Cicero, Ill. Long Beach, Calif. Sun Valley, Calif.
Conroe, Texas Louisville, Ky. Venice, Fla.
Coquitlam, British Columbia Mesa, Ariz. Washington, Pa.
Corona, Calif. Moreno Valley, Calif. West Jordan, Utah
Cranston, R.I. Norcross, Ga. West Seneca, N.Y.
Curtis Bay, Md. Oakland, Calif. Wheeling, Ill.
Woodinville, Wash.

ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT

Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Our subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. We are the largest residential recycler and also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill-gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. Our customers include residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more visit www.wm.com.

Waste Management
Media
Jennifer Andrews, 619-890-4698
jandrews@wm.com

Products
  • Globe Unlimited

    Digital all access pass across devices. subscribe

  • The Globe and Mail Newspaper

    Newspaper delivered to your doorstep. subscribe

  • Globe2Go

    The digital replica of our newspaper. subscribe

  • Globe eBooks

    A collection of articles by the Globe. subscribe

See all Globe Products

Advertise with us

GlobeLink.ca

Your number one partner for reaching Canada's Influential Achievers. learn more

The Globe at your Workplace
Our Company
Customer Service
Globe Recognition
Mobile Apps
NEWS APP
INVESTING APP
Other Sections