Nov. 13, 2010
CNG Refuse Haulers Do Heavy Lifting in New York (Text Version)
This is a text version of the video segment CNG Refuse Haulers Do Heavy Lifting in New York, which aired on Nov. 13, 2010.
JOHN DAVIS: Our success story this week takes us to Smithtown, New York. In 2006, Smithtown took a close look at compressed natural gas as a way to combat the rising cost of fuel.
This bi-fuel pickup truck allowed them to do some real-world testing. Shortly after, the city made it mandatory for all contracted trash haulers to use CNG. The switch helped lock in cheaper fuel prices and led to construction of a new CNG refueling station. Two neighboring towns followed Smithtown's example.
RUSSELL BARNETT: Combined, the three towns save over a million gallons of diesel fuel a year by using natural gas instead.
JOHN DAVIS: More recently, federal funding has helped Smithtown purchase seven Honda Civic GX natural gas sedans, eight general-purpose maintenance trucks, and three GEM electric vehicles—all adding to Long Island's fast-growing, municipal alt-fuel fleet.