Natural gas fleet and fueling facility opens in Ohio
Ceremony marks second fleet of CNG trucks in the state

FAIRBORN, Ohio  Waste Management dedicated its new compressed natural gas (CNG)fleet and CNG fueling facility in Fairborn, Ohio, on June 19. The 33 new CNG  trucks service the Dayton area, making it WM’s second fleet of CNG trucks in Ohio. The first is in Columbus.

In the next few months, 25 more CNG trucks are expected to arrive. Featured speakers included Fairborn Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick, Waste Management Area Vice President Denise Gretz, and Clean Fuels Ohio Program Director Andrew Conley.

“Whether you think the ‘c’ in CNG stands for ‘compressed,’ ‘clean,’ or ‘cheap,’ our use of domestically produced and plentiful natural gas will help to reduce long term operating and maintenance costs,” said Waste Management Area VP Denise Gretz at the ceremony. “We’re very excited about our new CNG fleet and the fueling station. The first 33 CNG trucks hit the Dayton area streets a few months ago proudly serving our customers. Another 25 CNG trucks will be in action by this fall.”

Waste Management’s fleet of more than 3,000 CNG and liquefied (LNG) vehicles is the largest in the North American waste industry. As part of the company’s annual fleet conversion, 80 percent of WM’s new collection vehicle purchases are expected to be  natural gas-powered trucks. Currently, more than 50 of WM’s natural gas fueling  stations are located throughout North America and more are under development. Gretz added, “Our customers and our company agree on the environmental benefits of CNG. More and more, our customers are telling us they are interested in finding solutions to achieve more environmental sustainability, and they want us to use fuels that lower emissions and protect the air in their communities.”

PHOTO: (L-R) Ops Specialist Jakki Finch, Area Director Collection Ops Domenic Belgiovane, Fairborn City Manager Deborah McDonnell, Clean Fuels Ohio Program Director Andrew Conley, Fairborn Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick, Area VP Denise Gretz, Area Fleet Manager Keith Gregory, District Ops Manager Donald Jordan, Senior District Fleet Manager Robert Adams, Ops Specialist Leana Hodges, Route Manager Jeanne Ayler, District Manager Kirk Ramsey