Carson Converting To All-Electric Trash Truck Fleet

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Normally not a place where exciting things happen, the city of Carson has created a buzz. On May 27, it put the first all-electric trash truck on the streets of Southern California.

  • The city of Carson and WRT test first emissions-free trash truck in Southern California
  • Just one truck significantly reduces CO2 emissions, the equivalent of 4 passenger cars
  • If this test case is successful, WRT will convert all its fleet to emissions-free electric

In partnership with Waste Resources Technologies (WRT), Carson will test the truck to see if it meets the city’s environmental objectives. If the truck lives up to expectations, WRT plans to convert its entire fleet of 13 trucks serving the area with all-electric vehicles.

Converting just this one trash truck will have a huge impact on the environment. The substitution of this 100% emission free truck for a traditional one is the equivalent of removing  3-4 combustion cars off the road per year. That translates to 57,669 passenger vehicle miles driven.

In California, most trucks have already converted from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG), emitting 5.9 metric tons of CO2 per year. WRT has improved upon those numbers, using Near-Zero CNG trucks to serve Carson that reduced the emissions to 3.3 metric tons. When you compare traditional diesel trucks spewing out 23.6 metric tons, you can really see the significance of the conversion. So the conversion to electric seems to be the final, if not much less significant step in chipping away at greenhouse gas emissions.

With this earth friendly trash truck, Carson further demonstrates its commitment to green initiatives, such as solar paneling of City-owned buildings; citywide e-waste recycling and paper shredding and used oil recycling events; and providing volunteer support for local school gardens.

In recognition of its efforts, Carson received an award by CalRecycle for beverage container recycling and a Cal Fire Grant to plant 1,400 new City trees that will reduce greenhouse emission and the city’s carbon footprint.

It’ll be a great day when all trash trucks aren’t as smelly and dirty as the waste they collect.

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