The City of Toronto has unveiled the latest addition to its green fleet – a collection truck for waste and recycling that is powered by compressed natural gas. Purchasing this truck is the latest step in the City’s efforts to green its vehicles, reduce fuel consumption and protect air quality and health. Gerry Pietschmann, the City’s Fleet Services director, said “The natural gas engine will allow the City to realize improved fuel efficiency and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. We consider these important factors when making additions to our fleet.”
The City is also exploring ways to use organic material more efficiently by producing fuel for this collection truck or others like it that may be added to the City’s fleet in the future.
Geoff Rathbone, General Manager of Solid Waste Management Services, said, “Pending results from a pilot program, the City hopes to convert biogas produced from digesting Green Bin organic material into compressed natural gas [biomethane] for distribution across Enbridge’s system. In essence, Toronto will be making its own natural gas. Our two Green Bin processing facilities have the potential to produce enough natural gas to take our entire fleet of 300 waste trucks off diesel. Creating natural gas from kitchen waste will be the first operation of its kind in North America.”
The collection truck has a Cummins Westport ISL G engine that runs on compressed natural gas. Natural gas engines are fuel-efficient and can meet the new 2010 emission standards without the need for the complex emission-control technology (such as diesel particulate filters and selective catalytic reduction) that is required for diesel trucks. The ISL G engine uses exhaust gas recirculation and a three-way catalyst to achieve the required emission reductions.
Introducing green medium- and heavy-duty trucks such as the natural gas collection truck is a priority for the City, as explained in the Green Fleet Plan 2008-2011. The goal of the Green Fleet Plan is to reduce fuel consumption, fuel costs, and emissions of greenhouse gases and smog pollutants.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people.
This item primarily compiled using information from a City of Toronto press release.
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