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!”