Another Green Move by Rogue Disposal

In another “green” environmental advancement to improve Southern Oregon’s air quality, Rogue Disposal & Recycling Inc. is proud to feature a new waste collection truck powered entirely by cleaner-burning compressed natural gas (CNG). The 2012 Mack truck, which is one of the first CNG trucks used for waste collection in Oregon, is currently running in one of Rogue Disposal’s downtown Medford business routes.

Rogue Disposal & Recycling has also purchased a second CNG truck, for automated residential routes, which is scheduled to arrive by the end of the year.

CNG is an alternative energy that emits little or no particulate matter, creates less smog-producing pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, and reduces emission of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, toxic and carcinogenic pollutants.

“Rogue Disposal and Recycling’s overall goal is to be the leading environmental company in Southern Oregon, and the CNG truck allows our company to convert to a cleaner burning fuel which will improve the air quality of the Rogue Valley while lowering our fuel expenses for collection,” said Wendel Smith, Rogue Disposal & Recycling General Manager. “In addition, once the Dry Creek Landfill, in conjunction with Jackson County, completes a feasibility study to determine the economics of using methane as a fuel in local fleets, the possibility exists to have a renewable clean energy source here in the Rogue Valley for the next century.”

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly 87% of compressed natural gas used in the U.S. is domestically produced. CNG produces 60-90% less smog-producing pollutants, gives off 30-40% less greenhouse gas emissions, and also extends engine life. Consisting mostly of methane, CNG is odorless, colorless and tasteless. Strict safety standards make CNG vehicles as safe as gasoline-powered vehicles.

Rogue Disposal & Recycling spent two years researching manufacturers of equipment and companies that have converted fleets to CNG. Staff visited facilities in three states and interviewed collection company drivers, mechanics, and management that had in depth experience with this type of equipment.

The truck Rogue Disposal purchased features a Wittke 40 cubic yard frontload body with a Cummins ISL-G 320 horsepower engine coupled to an Allison 6-speed refuse special transmission. The new truck is currently filling at the Rogue Valley Transit District fuel station, which is being updated to a 3600 psi fast fill site.

The new CNG truck is just one of Rogue Disposal & Recycling’s environmentally friendly initiatives in its goal to be the greenest company in Southern Oregon. The company has installed a photovoltaic (PV) system to produce approximately 75,500 kW/hours of energy per year, completed truck exhaust retrofitting and a new wheel wash system to reduce particulate emissions, built a new road to relieve congestion, and created the Dry Creek Landfill Inc. methane gas-to-energy facility. The Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded the company the Certificate of Appreciation for Air Quality Excellence for its leadership.

Rogue Disposal & Recycling, founded in 1938, provides a wide variety of services including a full range of residential, commercial and industrial solid waste collection; curbside commingled household recycling pickup; residential and commercial medical waste service; confidential on-site document shredding; curbside yard debris collection; large item and extra rubbish removal; and other services. All of these services support Rogue Disposal and Recycling’s motto of “We do that!”

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Moose Munch Bars for the Troops

All of us celebrate Memorial Day and honor our troops in our own unique way. Here’s how Chamber member, Harry & David, does Memorial Day.

1. Offer major discounts–I found deals at over 50% off today.

2. Offer coupons on top of discounts. (double bargains me smile)

3. Send Moose Munch Bars to U.S. soldiers.

In less than two years, Harry and David has sent U.S. troops several shipments of snacks and jerky and candy. The count on Moose Munch Bars alone is over 250,000. Be a part of the Moose Munch Drive for the troops–Shop at Harry and David, get $5 off your purchase and then donate the $5 back towards sending our troops a taste of our appreciation. (Or donate just $2.95 and keep a savings of $1.95 for yourself)

We’d love to hear your Memorial Day tradition or story too.

Weekend Music: Go Witness Rising Star Finalists

Happening at South Stage Cellars this week: It’s the finals, the best of the best. Local artists performing for charity and the Rising Star title.

Friday May 25
6:00 Adey Bell
7:00 Qi Brothers
7:30 Charles Guy and Crystal Reeves
8:30 Robbie Dacosta

Saturday May 26
5:00 The Seons
6:00 Mark Charles Hill
7:00 Jeff Kloetzel
7:30 Dave Barnes Trio

March: Give Blood. Get Tax Services (for free)

Two Chamber members partnering to do good:

During March, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to help people in need by supporting the lifesaving services it provides. During the week of March 19 through 24, 2012, Medford Liberty Tax is offering a free personal tax preparation for all individuals who present to donate blood during that same week.

“Please remember those who need our help and support the Red Cross by giving blood,” said Christina Dunlap of the American Red Cross. “We want to thank everyone for their generosity, which has enabled us help people here at home, across the United States, and around the world.”

March is Red Cross Month, first proclaimed in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.

Red Cross Month is a great time for people to support our mission. “Donating blood is a very important contribution to our community. We are happy to get involved and reward donors with a free tax preparation for coming in to give the gift of life,” said Marshall Holman, owner of Liberty Tax Service in Medford.

Upcoming qualifying blood drives:

Monday, March 19 1 pm to 6 pm Medford Donor Center
Tuesday, March 20 8 am to 1 pm Medford Donor Center
Wednesday, March 21 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm Rogue River Fire Station
Thursday, March 22 9 am to 2 pm Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Friday, March 23 8 am to 1 pm Medford Donor Center
Saturday, March 24 9 am to 2 pm Grace Church of Central Point

Liberty Tax Service participating locations:

1089 Medford Center; (541) 734-7276
934 South Riverside Avenue; (541) 773-8900