Prior to the opening of the new CNG fueling station, all Waste Management and Recycling fleet trucks fueled by natural gas used fuel from the North Area Service Center. In order to service other areas of the county, fuel was shuttled to the south fleet by using a large bulk tanker, adding a $150,000 yearly cost to operations. The new CNG fueling facility removes the need for this shuttle and is able to tap directly into a PG&E pipeline, giving the station continuous access to fuel. A major feature of this new fueling station is the higher operating capacity. Multiple vehicles are now able to plug in and fuel up overnight, effectively saving both time and money.
To build a clean fleet, the County has completed a conversion of all collection fleet trucks to natural gas vehicles. This fleet conversion, in conjunction with WMR’s use of sheep instead of fuel powered tools to manage the landscapes at Kiefer Landfill, earned them a Breathe California Clean Air Award this year. As these liquid natural gas vehicles go out of commission, WMR with replace them with vehicles that operate on compressed natural gas. By also replacing diesel operated vehicles with CNG vehicles, the County will be able to reduce their fossil fuel consumption by 270 barrels per year per vehicle replaced. This fueling station demonstrates WMR’s push to implement cleaner operations. Utilization of this station will help reduce energy consumption, operating costs and emissions, further preserving the environmental quality of the Sacramento Region.
The Sacramento County Waste Management and Recycling has a commitment to furthering sustainability in the region. This commitment is apparent with the opening of the new CNG station, and can be further seen through the department’s initiatives and partnerships. WMR has implemented projects at the Kiefer Landfill such as planting over 130 native oak trees on the property and using the gas emitted from the landfill to produce electricity. The department also hosts CleanWorld’s anaerobic digester to produce natural gas from food waste to power Atlas Disposal’s clean-fuel fleet.
The efforts of the Waste Management and Recycling Department to enhance regional sustainability are only a part of the green initiatives implemented by Sacramento County. To see more Sacramento County green projects, visit www.green.saccounty.net