Clean Cities: Los Angeles, CA
Our success story this week takes us to Los Angeles, California, where the city’s “Clean-Fuel Policy” prompted the Public Works Department to convert its fleet of diesel-powered solid waste collection vehicles to alternative fuels.
Of their 700 refuse trucks, 80% now run on Compressed or Liquefied Natural Gas, with a goal of 100% by 2015. Already the city saves 6 million dollars a year on fuel costs. With five refueling stations online and a sixth being constructed, LA has one of the largest municipal fleet of natural gas solid waste collection vehicles in the nation. These 4-15,000 gallon LNG tanks serve one yard alone.
“We have to make sure we have enough storage capacity on site so if there’s an earthquake, our trucks are going out, cleaning the debris before the first responders go out.”
Serving 4 million residents is not easy. Nor is converting a big fleet to alt-fuels. But in LA, adopting clean fuels for cleaner air is a “No-brainer.”