Garbage trucks switching to natural gas
BATON ROUGE - Company officials announced that Waste Management trucks in Baton Rouge will switch from running on diesel to compressed natural gas in a move to help keep local air clean.
WM spokesperson Warren Guedry said they would start converting their fleet of trucks at the end of 2014, and the entire process should take six to eight months.
"Our CNG-powered vehicles emit nearly zero particulates, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are far more quiet than their predecessors," Guedry said.
Waste Management said they'd start by converting 40 trucks, and any new trucks added to their fleet in the future would run on natural gas.
Guedry said trucks running on natural gas will use 8,000 less gallons of fuel per year, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Baton Rouge by about 1.9 million pounds annually.