The “green fleet” of waste-hauling vehicles making pickups in Orlando is getting larger. On Tuesday, Mayor Buddy Dyer introduced five brand new “clean” trucks. These new additions run on compressed natural gas, complementing the fleet’s hybrid and gas-alternative trucks already in use. The cost of the new trucks comes in at $343,683. The city plans to offset some of that cost by applying for state rebates on the new waste removal vehicles.

A quote from Mayor Dyer: “The cars and trucks that are in front of you demonstrate our overall efforts to incorporate new vehicle technology to reduce and eliminate the consumption of gasoline, diesel fuel, and biodiesel.”

These trucks will reduce carbon emissions by around 12.5 tons per year, which is the same as pulling 325 vehicles off the road. The trucks are also 90% quieter than the traditional diesel options when it comes to garbage trucks. They help round out a fleet of nearly 40 trucks of either the electric or hybrid variety.

According to the Mayor, Orlando is the frontrunner in the southeast United States when it comes to green waste removal. It’s really great to see city officials getting behind the green movement, even down to the trucks that are used to handle waste collection. Running a totally diesel fleet, even if you are working toward a “zero waste” future, is severely counter-productive to the environment in the long run. But that’s abundantly clear, we don’t need to beat that drum.

Orlando has had a steady and significant rise in their fleet rankings when it comes to other waste collection programs nationwide. The 100 Best Fleets Awards in 2012 had them squeaking into the running at number 97. In 2013 the city rose to the 74th spot on the list, and last year they broke the top 50 with a rank of 46. This is an impressive ascent by the city, as in 2011 they weren’t even on the list and couldn’t even land a spot in the Honorable Mention category either. We applaud the Mayor and the city’s waste haulers for their commitment to a greener future for Orlando and serving as an example to the rest of the United States.

Source: The Orlando Sentinel