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Waste Management Helps Make Stockton’s Air Cleaner
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Waste Management Helps Make Stockton’s Air Cleaner

Stockton residents can hear, see and breathe the difference as Waste Management adds Compressed Natural Gas-powered trucks to its fleet.

Waste Management is helping in the fight to reduce smog and slow climate change with the addition of compressed natural gas (CNG) powered waste and recycling collection trucks to its Stockton fleet.

In the past two years, Waste Management added 13 new CNG trucks to its Stockton-based fleet making it the only waste and recycling collection company in the area to have the cleaner and quieter trucks. Now, more than 25 percent of the Stockton fleet is powered by cleaner burning natural gas.

“We are proud to be the first and only waste and recycling collection company in Stockton to provide service with CNG trucks, which helps keep the air in our community clean,” said Jeff Cox, district manager for Waste Management. “The trucks run cleaner and quieter, with minimal impact on the environment.”

Natural gas powered collection trucks are quieter and have cleaner emissions that contain nearly zero particulate matter and reduce greenhouse gas by more than 20 percent.

“We see an average annual reduction of 22 metric tons of greenhouse gases with the CNG trucks,” said Cox. “We are proud to operate CNG trucks, which helps keep the air in our community clean.”

Waste Management fuels its CNG trucks at the PG&E fueling station in Stockton.

The company has also implemented route optimization software that reduces driving time by several thousand hours each year. In addition, Waste Management programs all truck engines to shut down automatically after idling for five minutes to save fuel and further reduce emissions.
 

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