4:36pm

Tue August 12, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

New Natural Gas-Powered Garbage Trucks Hit Lexington Streets

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

Garbage collection in some Lexington neighborhoods is about to get whole lot quieter. 

Eleven compressed natural gas powered garbage trucks are coming on line this week.  It's the first step in a major transition to natural gas for the entire 126 garbage truck fleet. 

Division of Waste Management Director Tracey Thurman says average annual savings in fuel costs and preventive maintenance amounts to $6,500.  "This is kind of a bold move to kind of move forward with compressed natural gas because we are seeing the savings that we can get off of the fuel and on the maintenance schedule and then we also know it's better for our air quality and also brings value to our neighborhoods and the residents appreciate that quiet drive through the neighborhoods to service them," said Thurman.

Thurman says waste management serves 96,000 homes and 3,000 businesses each week.

She says almost $3 million have been allocated by the city to support the transition to compressed natural gas garbage trucks. 

Thurman adds, the plan calls for the purchase of about ten new trucks each year.  "We just received notice that we were a recipient of C-MAC dollars for a public station, so that is something that in the next year we'll be making plans for that with a public fast fill station," added Thurman.

Thurman says the public compressed natural gas filling station will be located off Old Frankfort Pike.​