Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
The City of San Antonio Solid Waste Management Department operates the largest compressed natural gas (CNG) powered fleet of refuse trucks in Texas. The Department partnered with CPS Energy and Clean Energy Fuels in the construction of the City's first CNG fueling station located at the Northeast Service Center on Toolyard Road. The station is equipped with 30 Time Fill CNG fuel dispensers, which allow drivers to hook-up their trucks to be refueled during the overnight hours. The 30 CNG trucks collect and transport waste and recycling from 85,000 homes in Northeast San Antonio.
On January 14, 2009 the Department held a special ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the new CNG fueling station. The City welcomed guest speakers T. Boon Pickens, co-founder of Clean Energy, Former Mayor Phil Hardberger, City Manager Sheryl L. Sculley, and the Director of Solid Waste Management Department David McCary.
Why Use Compressed Natural Gas?
Committed to protecting the environment, CNG powered trucks give the City a cleaner solution in operating their solid waste fleet. Studies have shown natural gas used in refuse trucks emit less pollutants and greenhouse emissions. In addition to reducing air pollution, natural gas powered trucks help reduce noise pollution in the City. CNG trucks run quieter when idling than conventional diesel trucks.