A year ago this month, LCSWMA switched our fleet from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG).
Since the project opened in May 2014, LCSWMA has experienced significant cost-savings, enjoyed superior truck performance, and helped further community sustainability by offering CNG to commercial fleets through the fast-fill station.
Since making the switch to CNG, LCSWMA has saved an average of $18,300 per month in fuel costs, despite low diesel prices, for a total savings of approximately $220,000 over the past year. This significant cost savings allows us to contribute to the long-term financial stability of our Integrated System.
In addition, based on the fuel savings and grant funds received from PA DEP, LCSWMA has recovered its incremental investment on nine of the 16 trucks in the past year and is projected to pay off the incremental cost on all trucks in less than two years.
Converting our fleet to CNG required installation of fueling infrastructure at the Transfer Station Complex, including the opening of a fast-fill fueling station with four dispensers for waste haulers and other select fleets.
Today, a mix of public and private fleets are utilizing the fast-fill station. Currently, LCSWMA’s price to customers for CNG is $2.48 per diesel gallon equivalent (DGE). In the past 12 months, we’ve sold more than 30,000 gallons of fuel at the fast-fill station and expect that number to grow as we continue to add fleet customers.
LCSWMA’s fleet is comprised of 14 new Peterbilt transfer trucks with Cummins-Westport ISX 12L CNG engines. The transfer trucks move waste from our Transfer Station in Lancaster to our Waste-to-Energy Facility in Bainbridge, as well as to the landfill in Conestoga. These new trucks offer engines powerful enough for each of our truck's 80,000 pound payload, operate cleanly and quietly and have had no maintenance issues.
In addition to the transfer trucks, LCSWMA also purchased two CNG dump trucks that deliver ash from our Waste-to-Energy Facility to the landfill where it is used as daily cover.
LCSWMA is proud to bring the CNG technology to our community and make the way for a future that’s more environmentally friendly and economically sound.
Fleets interested in using our retail fast-fill station should contact Michelle Marsh at 717-735-0178 for more information.