Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG), the City of Boise, Idaho’s waste and recycling collection services contractor, has awarded Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE) a contract to build and operate a compressed natural gas (CNG) time-fill station and provide fuel for Republic’s planned deployment of a new CNG refuse truck fleet that will be the first in Idaho. Republic has an exclusive contract with the City of Boise to provide all solid waste and recycling services to more than 68,000 residential and commercial customers in the Greater Boise area. The company operated under the name Allied Waste until a December 2008 merger with Republic, when the two combined to form the second largest solid waste management company in the United States.
“The use of these clean-burning CNG trucks as replacements for our older diesel models aligns with the City of Boise’s strategic plan to combat climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure air quality improvements,” said Dave Fisher, Republic’s Boise general manager. “CNG has proven to be cleaner burning than gasoline or diesel fuel, significantly lowering harmful emissions like nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, toxic pollutants and greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.”
Fisher added, “We also believe that natural gas fuel, because it is a domestic resource, is a positive move for the country which will help us reduce our dependence on imported foreign oil.”
Boise is home to one-third of Idaho’s population and much of the state’s industrial and business base, which concentrates in the Treasure Valley section of the city. After careful analysis, the city and Republic determined that a CNG refuse fleet would bring significant air quality and environmental benefits to the area, and help Boise achieve consistent compliance with increasingly stringent standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ray Burke, Clean Energy Vice President, said, “We congratulate both the City of Boise and Republic for their demonstrated commitment to environmental quality and their choice of clean-burning CNG trucks to provide refuse services to their citizens. We are proud to work with them to support the first CNG-powered trash truck fleet in Idaho, and believe that this can serve as a model for implementing clean refuse collection policies in cities throughout Idaho.”
Clean Energy (Nasdaq: CLNE) is the leading provider of natural gas (CNG and LNG) for transportation in North America. It has a broad customer base in the refuse, transit, ports, shuttle, taxi, trucking, airport and municipal fleet markets, fueling more than 15,000 vehicles at 176 strategic locations across the United States and Canada. Clean Energy owns and operates two LNG production plants, one in Willis, TX and one in Boron, CA, with combined capacity of 260,000 LNG gallons per day and designed to expand to 340,000 LNG gallons per day as demand increases. It also owns and operates a landfill gas processing facility in Dallas, TX that produces renewable biomethane gas for delivery in the nation’s gas pipeline network. Please visit: www.cleanenergyfuels.com
Republic Services, Inc. has been building on success since its inception in 1998, becoming an industry-leading provider of waste and environmental services. The company provides trash collection services to commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers in 40 states and Puerto Rico through its 400 collection companies. Republic Services owns or operates 242 transfer stations, 213 solid waste landfills and 79 recycling facilities. The company is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and has more than 35,000 employees. For more information, visit the Republic Services web site at www.republicservices.com
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