U.S. company Waste Management is expanding its operations by constructing a new, cutting-edge facility utilizing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) at RiverPort Business Park in Hardeeville, South Carolina. The company will create 53 new jobs and invest USD 23 million at the new 25,000-square-foot facility, which will be located on Hwy 17, just off I-95 at Exit 5 in Jasper County.
Pursuing carbon footprint reduction, Waste Management’s Hardeeville facility will boast an entire fleet of new trucks, all of which operate using CNG instead of diesel fuel. The facility will also serve as a CNG fueling station for the fleet. Waste Management’s Hardeeville project received funding in partnership with the Center for Transportation and the Environment in Atlanta and as part of a competitively selected U.S. Department of Energy cost-shared award for its focus on using CNG.
Tracey Shrader, the Area President for Waste Management, stated, “We have called Jasper County home for several decades and look forward to unveiling our new facility and fleet to the community and to our customers. For every diesel truck we replace with natural gas we reduce our use of diesel fuel by an average of 8,000 gallons per year along with a reduction of 14 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. Our vehicles powered by CNG emit nearly zero particulate emissions, cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 20 percent, and are quieter than diesel trucks.”
“SouthernCarolina Alliance salutes Waste Management on selecting a great location in Jasper County,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance President Buddy Phillips. “RiverPort Park provides access to I-95, two major seaports, and a growing workforce. We are delighted to have this company, a leader in their field, investing in our region in a state-of-the-art, green facility.”
Waste Management, a member of NGVAmerica, is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 21 million municipal, commercial and industrial customers in the U.S. and Canada. Beyond disposal and recycling, the company offers sustainability consulting services to help customers achieve their green goals, including zero waste. With the largest network of recycling facilities, transfer stations and landfills in the industry, Waste Management is adapted to serve multiple business sectors.
Construction for the project is underway, with hiring expected in July 2018.
Source: SouthernCarolina Alliance