Oct. 16, 2010

V Garofalo Carting Cleans up New York With Natural Gas Trucks (Text Version)

This is a text version of the video segment V Garofalo Carting Cleans up New York With Natural Gas Trucks, which aired on Oct. 16, 2010.

JOHN DAVIS: Our success story of the week profiles V Garofalo Carting, a family-owned, Long Island, New York waste and recycling company. In 2007, they switched to CNG after the town of Smithtown made it mandatory. They now clean up with 22 CNG trucks and plan to buy 5 more.

Their clean-fuel switch was helped by a $600,000 federal Recovery Act grant from the Department of Energy. The 52-year-old firm has invested $6.5 million to green up their fleet with alt fuels. And it's already paying off.

MARIO GAROFALO: Much cleaner—no more of this black smoke coming from our engines. The men working on the back of our trucks—there's no more that they have to breathe in any of this pollutant anymore. You lose something, but you gain a lot.

JOHN DAVIS: Garofalo also plans to build a CNG refueling station near the Long Island Expressway, which could help move strong island even closer to a cleaner, petroleum-free future.

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