In Celebration of Earth Day, Republic Services of Kent Announces Expansion of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-Powered Fleet
KENT, Wash., April 21, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Republic Services announced the unveiling of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station and the addition of 30 new CNG-powered trucks to serve customers throughout Kent. The new CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered trucks, and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated locally by Republic to 74.
“We are dedicated to providing our customers with outstanding service while doing business in the most sustainable manner possible,” said Patrick Hermes, general manager at Republic Services. “This expansion embodies the responsibility we assume, as a large vocational fleet operator, to do our part to preserve the natural beauty of Washington State for future generations. It also represents a Company-wide effort to reduce carbon emissions whenever possible.”
Republic operates a total of 101 collection trucks supporting local municipalities and open market areas throughout Kent. More than 75 percent of Republic’s fleet serving the South King County area is now powered by the domestic natural gas fuel source. Clean Energy Fuels, who originally designed and built the station, provided the upgrades and modifications to accommodate the increase in natural gas trucks.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each new CNG collection truck deployed is equivalent to planting over 600 mature trees each year. Based on EPA calculations, the carbon emissions reduction benefits from Republic’s CNG powered fleet in Kent is equivalent to planting 44,000 mature trees annually.
Republic employs 225 people in the South King County area who serve 85,000 households, dozens of municipalities and over 5,400 commercial customers throughout the area. Republic operates one recycle center, six transfer stations and one landfill locally.
Nationwide, Republic operates a fleet of more than 2,500 CNG vehicles and 38 natural gas fueling stations. Republic’s CNG fleet helps to save roughly 18 million gallons of diesel fuel annually. As the operator of the 8th largest vocational fleet in the country, Republic has a number of initiatives to reduce overall fuel usage, including its continued commitment to operating CNG powered trucks. Together, these initiatives will help Republic reach its goal of reducing fleet greenhouse gas emissions by three percent by 2018.
Known as the Blue Planet™ sustainability initiative, Republic is defining its approach to environmental responsibility through decreased vehicle emissions, innovative landfill technologies, use of renewable energy, community engagement and employee growth opportunities.
To view Republic’s Sustainability Report, go to RepublicServices.com/sustainabilityreport.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make proper waste disposal effortless for its 14 million customers. We’ll handle it from here.™, the brand’s promise, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue Planet™ for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world.