Homeowners who wait until they hear the rumble of the garbage truck coming could miss the new ACE Solid Waste trucks.
The Ramsey company has added four Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) trucks to its fleet.
The new trucks will be greener and quieter, said Andy Schweizer, company owner.
The new trucks will be operating on three residential routes and one commercial route in Andover and Coon Rapids.
In the next five years, ACE will be replacing its 65-truck diesel fleet with CNG trucks.
The new trucks cost about $50,000 more than diesel trucks, but with the new emissions standards, new emissions equipment requirements on diesel vehicles and the rising cost of diesel fuel, the CNG trucks will be less expensive in the long run, Schweizer said.
The trucks average around $330,000 apiece, he said.
ACE Solid Waste has invested $2.5 million in the CNG trucks and a fueling station, which has the capability to fuel 40 trucks simultaneously.
CNG is about $1.50 to $2 less expense than diesel fuel, which costs about $4 per gallon, Schweizer said.
The new diesel particle filter requirement on the diesel trucks also reduces those vehicles’ fuel economy, he said.
“The filter and the additional fuel costs have increased the operating cost per year, said Denny Fredrickson, ACE Solid Waste operations manager.
The CNG trucks are low emission and met the emission standards without additional filters or fuel additives, he said.
They are also as quiet as a car engine, Fredrickson said.
“Operating the new trucks will cost about the same or less then the diesel trucks,” Schweizer said.
By replacing the diesel trucks with CNG trucks, ACE Solid Waste will also be reducing its reliance on foreign oil.
“We call it the American fuel,” Schweizer said. “Not only is natural gas more economical, it burns cleaner with low emissions and is domestically produced. Let’s be honest, it’s more than green, it’s about red, white and blue.”
“Over our 50-year history, we have used gasoline, propane, diesel and now natural gas. We see this a the natural progression and the future of fuel.”
ACE Solid Waste will begin using its $1 million fueling station at its Ramsey property today (Friday, June 15).
ACE Solid Waste open house
ACE Solid Waste, 6601 McKinley St. N.W., will hold an open house Thursday, June 21, 2-6 p.m., to celebrate its new fuel station and compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks. A program is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The Ramsey event will include tours of the facility, demonstrations, giveaways and refreshments.
For more information, check out ACE Solid Waste’s website, www.acesolidwaste.com.
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