“Clean” garbage trucks? Orlando mayor unveils new natural gas-powered fleet
While it may not be the first word that comes to mind when describing a vehicle built to haul trash, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Tuesday unveiled five “clean” garbage trucks.
The trucks, which run on compressed natural gas, are the newest additions to the city’s “green fleet” of hybrid and gasoline-alternative vehicles, part of an effort to reduce emissions and limit fuel consumption.
“These vehicles are saving the city significantly, both economically and environmentally,” Dyer said.
The new trash collectors will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 12.5 tons per year, officials said, equivalent to pulling 325 cars off the road or planting 600 mature trees.
The trucks cost $343,683, according to Heather Fagan, Dyer’s deputy chief of staff, who said the city plans to apply for state rebates to cover some of the cost.
Dyer called Orlando the “greenest” city and fleet in the southeast United States. The city’s “green fleet” now includes 36 vehicles, including electric vehicles and hybrids.
“The cars and trucks that are in front of you demonstrate our overall efforts to incorporate new vehicle technology to reduce and eliminate the consumption of gasoline, diesel fuel and biodiesel,” Dyer said.
In addition to reducing emissions, the new trucks operate 90 percent quieter than traditional diesel-fueled garbage vehicles, city officials said.