02/07/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/07/2024 13:09
Raleigh Parks has new garbage trucks. These are different from your run-of-the-mill, ordinary garbage trucks. These trucks are fueled with Renewable Propane. Renewable propane is a plant-based fuel made from vegetable oils and fats, and compared to fossil fuels, it produces far less greenhouse gas emissions.
The new trucks are 26,000 lb. medium-duty trucks with a combination of a 6-yard rear loader refuse body for picking up trash and a 2-yard side load body for picking up recycling in our City parks.
The decision to have these trucks use renewable propane for the fuel source was a collaboration between the City's Park, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and Vehicle Fleet Service, and we had input from the end users and our shop staff for capability and support.
We wanted to follow a sustainable fuel model. We looked at the total use, type of use, GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating), and fuel consumption of current garbage trucks of this design. We considered the availability of chassis in electric vehicles, natural gas, and propane and found propane to be the best solution for this type of truck.
Using renewable propane in City vehicles significantly reduces our demand for conventional fossil fuels. One more way the City is working to reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.