Economic & Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas Trucks
Disposal Queen has its roots in the waste disposal and recycling business, but over the past couple of decades, it has broadened that identity to include a greener initiative in our fleet, which is now playing an important role in the company’s overall strategy. That process started with a rethink of waste streams at its landfills — not just taking trash out of sight, but rather viewing what was left behind as energy.
Disposal Queen has been converting its entire fleet of company-owned vehicles to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), a fuel that burns cleaner and is cheaper than diesel. Disposal Queen is one of the largest waste disposal companies in Metro Vancouver. Cleaner burning engines and modern engines using natural gas instead of diesel fuel helps reduce carbon emissions both by trucks and in the waste disposal & recycling sector; shifting from diesel fuel to natural gas is one of the most effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the Environment Protection Agency.
Disposal Queen is the leading environmental services company, offering comprehensive waste disposal and recycling services, including waste collection, transfer, resource recovery, recycling, and disposal. Our company has employees dedicated 24/7 to providing exceptional service to residential, commercial, and industrial customers.
To reduce the cost of running its fleet, Disposal Queen does automatic tire pressure checks several times a day to prevent slow leaks. It encourages mechanics to disable cylinders when not in use to conserve fuel. For example, in addition to turning off cylinders in trucks not being used overnight or during lunch, Disposal Queen is considering turning off entire CNG engines while idling when only two CNG trucks are behind one another at an idling station. This will save money because it’s more efficient for trucks that follow one another in line to be powered by the same engine.
Natural gas is made up of methane and other gases and is a fossil fuel. However, because natural gas burns cleaner than other fossil fuels like coal and oil, it has a relatively low carbon footprint: approximately 28% lower than oil and 32% lower than coal, according to the EPA. That doesn’t make natural gas “carbon neutral,” which is commonly defined as “in which radiative forcing (global warming potential) is zero.”
Switching to natural gas vehicles has been a significant component of Disposal Queen‘s strategy to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
Once you’re done reading this article, We hope you realize how incredibly advantageous natural gas vehicles are for many reasons. Natural gas vehicles trap the majority of their carbon emissions in the vehicles’ storage tanks, which eliminates these emissions from ever reaching the atmosphere.