E-Z Pack Manufacturing, LLC, a manufacturer of waste collection truck bodies based in Kentucky, has completed delivery of Waste Pro USA’s first-ever compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection truck. Waste Pro, a Florida-based privately owned solid waste collection, recycling, processing and disposal company operating in seven southeastern states, will bring the E-Z Pack Hercules Front Loader body built on a 2012 Mack chassis into service in Atlanta, Georgia later this month.
CNG tanks are uniquely integrated in the upper rear of the vehicle body for optimized vehicle weight distribution and lower overall height. The body features greater ground clearance and, at 75 diesel gallon equivalents (DGEs), more fuel capacity than other CNG waste truck body options in the industry.
“E-Z Pack is proud to have played a prominent role in Waste Pro USA’s move to reducing emissions and foreign energy dependency,” said Jim Rogers, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at E-Z Pack.
“We care about the communities we serve and this first new truck is a testament to our commitment to reduce air and noise pollution,” said John J. Jennings, President and CEO of Waste Pro USA. “We are still in the early innings of this initiative but it’s important to celebrate a first milestone with our customers, partners and the communities that we serve.”
Waste Pro announced late last year a $100 million investment in transitioning the fleet from diesel fuel to the environmentally friendly and domestically available CNG fuel. The investment includes an initial order of 150 Mack waste collection and recycling trucks sourced from truck seller Nextran Corporation.
The investment also includes construction of state-of-the-art CNG fueling facilities throughout the South. Groundbreaking for Waste Pro’s first CNG refilling station facility in Fort Pierce, Florida was scheduled for February 16th, 2012. Waste Pro has partnered with Clean Energy, the largest provider of natural gas fuel and facilities in the country, to design and construct the Fort Pierce complex.
“We challenged E-Z Pack to come up with a unique way to effectively manage weight distribution to meet the demands of our highway system,” said Bob Nicholas, Corporate Fleet Manager at Waste Pro USA. “Plus, we wanted full productivity with low RPM and fuel-efficient operations. This truck will have no speed-up noise. It will work very quietly.”
“We’re very proud of the technology that E-Z Pack and Mack have teamed up to create,” Nichols added. “I am excited to be putting what I think is the best CNG truck in the industry on the road here in Atlanta.”
(This article compiled using information from an E-Z Pack Trucks press release)