Modern Disposal Services Inc. has opened its compressed natural gas fueling station in conjunction with the purchase of 15 compressed natural gas powered garbage trucks.
The Lewiston-based company said the new station can fill 40 trucks overnight, and the company plans to have nearly 30 in use by the end of 2012, or about a quarter of its fleet.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided $1.25 million in U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities funding to help purchase the trucks and install the fueling station. The company is investing an additional $3.9 million into the project.
Compressed natural gas vehicles have lower emissions of greenhouse gases, particulates, and nitrogen oxides. The vehicles are also quieter than diesel-powered trucks.
Modern employs more than 500 in New York state and Southern Ontario.