More than 1,500 Rumpke trucks hit the streets daily. These vehicles travel millions of miles and use unimaginable amounts of diesel fuel throughout the year. Beginning on July 18, 2011, Rumpke introduced 10 new trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) marking the start of a greener fleet.
Since 1986, Rumpke has recovered landfill gas from Rumpke Sanitary Landfill in Colerain Township to create natural gas proving heat and energy for nearly 25,000 local homes. In July, Rumpke will begin compressing natural gas to fuel its green fleet.
Rumpke partnered with Clean Fuels Ohio and received $800,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Ohio. The grant made the decision to purchase 10 CNG trucks more realistic as it reduced the total cost of $3.1 million.
Rumpke fleet buyers researched alternative engines and studied the functionality of the CNG trucks to ensure they are equipped for the demands a typical rear load truck encounters. The trucks will collect residential waste in Fairfield, Hamilton, Blue Ash and Springdale, Ohio. Rumpke will monitor the success of this greener alternative to collecting trash and consider additional routes as opportunities become available.