Seattle launches its cleanest waste management fleet

In the US state of Washington, Seattle Public Utilities has partnered with environmental services provider Waste Management to launch a new green fleet of recycling, compost and garbage trucks.

The new fleet comprises 101 vehicles powered by electricity and renewable natural gas made from garbage.

The fleet is Seattle City’s cleanest and is part of commitment to clean air and world-class sustainability leadership.

The new Waste Management fleet includes::

  • 91 trucks which are powered by renewable natural gas. The trucks have near zero engine developed by Cummins, the cleanest ever certified by the California Air Resources Board and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • The trucks emit 70% lower than traditional diesel and 65% lower than compressed natural gas.
  • 8 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles for use by WM route managers and bilingual recycling educators assigned to help Seattle residents and businesses reduce waste.
  • 2 battery-electric Class 6 box trucks, the which workers will use to keep downtown alleys clean and provide special collection services.

Washington state has committed to a complete transition to green energy by 2045, and seeks to eliminate fossil fuels like natural gas and coal from the state’s electricity supply by 2045. Here’s the story.