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Waste Management Upgrades Trucks Reducing Mobile Source Emissions & Improving Lung Health
June 2, 2014

West Jordan, Utah - Waste Management is one step closer to fulfilling their sustainability goal to reduce the environmental impacts from their fleet vehicles after upgrading several trucks.

Partnering with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM), the American Lung Association in Utah (ALAUT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Waste Management converted seven diesel engine waste haulers to compressed natural gas (CNG) engines. By switching to CNG, Waste Management is reducing over 14,000 tons of lifetime tailpipe emissions, benefitting the residential neighborhoods and schools these trucks frequently operate near. The waste haulers will reduce 47.31 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), 2.38 tons of particulate matter (PM), 2.22 tons of hydrocarbons (HC), 10.84 tons of carbon monoxide (CO) and 13,944.49 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Mobile source emissions are the leading cause of outdoor air pollution. This project achieved significant emission reductions, helping the American Lung Associations mission to fight lung disease and improve lung health, said Glenn Lanham, Executive Director, American Lung Association in Utah.

Currently, Utah is significantly impacted by emissions brought in to the area by mobile transportation. These emissions contribute to the formation of ozone which is held in the Salt Lake County area by the mountain terrain. By converting to CNG engines, the waste haulers will now benefit the health of over one million people by helping to reduce asthma rates, lung disease and medical costs related to lung disease.

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Through the use of CNG-powered vehicles, Waste Management beat their emissions reductions and fuel efficiency goals set in the companys corporate sustainability program. CNG trucks are more efficient to operate in terms of fuel consumption as well as the vehicles produce fewer emissions and are far quieter. For every truck Waste Management replaces with natural gas, diesel fuel consumption is reduced by an average of 8,000 gallons per year. Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by of 22 metric tons per year. Waste Management mandates an idle shutdown policy on electric engines furthering their reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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