MotorWeek | Clean Cities: Lancaster Refuse

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Our success story this week takes us to Lancaster, Pennsylvania where trash is transformed into a valuable resource. The Lancaster county solid waste management authority has two waste-to-energy facilities that can power up to 45,000 homes and businesses. Plus their transfer station uses 2,000 solar panels to help power the complex. In 2014 they added 14 new compressed natural gas transfer trucks and two CNG ash trucks that use time-fill posts to fuel up overnight. Fuel savings were more than $200,000 in the first year alone.

"It’s much less costly than diesel fuel and worked well. We’re here in PA where there’s a lot of natural gas production occurring so it’s a great fit for our operation."

Lancaster also has a Ford Focus Electric and Honda Civic NGV in their alt-fuel fleet. The transfer trucks also serve as rolling billboards-reminding Pennsylvanians that cleaner technologies are the keystone to cleaner communities.
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