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VALLEY GARBAGE AND RUBBISH COMPANY, INC.


Valley Garbage and Rubbish Company, Inc. will displace 245,700 gallons of petroleum diesel per year with 100 percent domestically produced low-carbon natural gas.

Valley Garbage and Rubbish Company, Inc., owned by Waste Management, received funding from the Energy Commission to build a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station to support its rapidly expanding fleet of CNG powered solid waste collection vehicles in Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County). Valley Garbage and Rubbish Company, Inc. plans to expand its current fleet to 27 CNG vehicles.

Fleet expansion was previously impeded because only one private-access CNG fueling station existed within a 25-mile radius. This project will enable Valley Garbage and Rubbish to overcome a significant refueling barrier that slowed the development and widespread use of natural gas as a transportation fuel in the Santa Barbara region.

The fueling station also provides a publicly accessible and convenient source of fuel to other local goods movement and regional goods movement fleets that travel the heavily trafficked Highway 101 transportation corridor. This station supports pollution emission reduction efforts and displaces large volumes of petroleum with low-carbon fueling operations.

fleet of CNG- powered solid waste collection vehicles CNG fueling station Truck fueling at a CNG station

Photos courtesy of the Valley Garbage and Rubbish Company, Inc.

 

Benefits*

  • Provides an annual displacement of more than 245,700 gallons of diesel with 100 percent domestically produced low-carbon natural gas.

  • Displaces more than 2,400 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

  • Improves air quality by displacing more than 19 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions.

  • Eventually eliminates the use of petroleum-based fuels in favor of natural gas that is plentiful, sourced domestically, is low-carbon and provides exceptional long-term cost savings.

  • Created more than 120 short-term jobs.

  • Effectively leveraged public investment, garnering more than $1 million in private investment.

*The fuel benefits will not be realized until all 27 CNG vehicles are in use.

Type of Project

Natural Gas Infrastructure

ARFVTP Award Amount

$300,000

Status

Completed and has been dispensing fuel since October 2013.

 

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