IVECO (automotive manufacturer) and FARID (waste compacting equipment manufacturer) of Venezuela, together with the municipality of Jose Felix Ribas, in Aragua, and through the Municipal Institute of Urban and Domiciliary Cleaning (IMAUR), have commenced a 30-day trial of what is said to be the first compacting vehicle powered by natural gas in Latin America. Luis Tovar, IVECO Marketing representative, said at the launch that a successful trial is expected to be followed in August by the delivery of four more compactor refuse collection vehicles.
The Eurocargo vehicle, which exceeds current European emissions standards, uses six cylinders of compressed natural gas, each storing 20 m3, to deliver an operating range of approximately 350 kms. The Farid-designed compactor can hold 15 m3 or up to 8 tons of trash, depending on the state of the waste.
The agreement was signed by Gustavo Barreto, Chairman of IMAUR and Francisco Cano, IVECO Director of Finance, in the presence of Gregoria Rios, official representative of the Notary Public of the city of La Victoria, Aragua.
This article compiled using information from a press release issued by the City Mayor.