Republic expands CNG fleet in Denver

Republic Services, Phoenix, has announced the addition of 17 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Denver area. The CNG trucks will replace older diesel trucks and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by the company throughout Colorado to 108.

“We are passionate about sustainability and understand its importance to our customers,” Randy Johnson, general manager of Republic’s Denver hauling division, says. “This fleet upgrade represents a significant investment in cleaner, safer and more efficient vehicles for the Denver community. It also embodies the responsibility we assume for doing our part to preserve Colorado’s considerable natural beauty for future generations.”

Republic operates a natural gas fueling station at its Commerce City, Colorado, location, which supports its expanding Denver-based CNG fleet. Half of the company’s fleet serving the greater Denver metropolitan area is now powered by this domestic fuel source.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each new CNG collection truck deployed is equivalent to planting 600 mature trees each year. The carbon emissions reduction benefits from the entire CNG-powered fleet in Colorado is equivalent to planting more than 64,800 mature trees annually, the company says.

Republic says it operates the seventh largest vocational fleet in the country, and its CNG fleet saves roughly 26 million gallons of diesel fuel annually. The company says its commitment to operate on CNG and renewable natural gas (RNG) is resulting in reduced fleet greenhouse gas emissions while reducing fuel usage.