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City of Carson, CA Unveils Electric Trash Truck to Provide Residential Service

Carson, CA – Building on the City of Carson’s commitment to environmental sustainability, Carson Mayor Albert Robles, City officials and representatives of Waste Resource Technologies, Inc. (WRT) unveiled the first 100-percent electric trash truck that will begin rolling next week in Carson—the first vehicle of its kind in Southern California.

“Carson is committed to providing a sustainable environment for residents to live, work and play,” said Mayor Robles. “This means that we are using the latest technology and cleanest method of collecting, recycling and converting our residents’ waste. The new electric truck is 100-percent emission free and a major step to help improve the quality of life in our city.”

Officials from the City of Carson and WRT, the City’s solid waste hauler, unveiled the clean-burning residential collection vehicle at a special demonstration event at the Carson community center to mark National Public Works Week.

The vehicle, which is one of WRT’s 13 trucks used to provide solid waste collection service throughout the city, hit the streets for the first time on Monday, May 27th.

In California, most trash trucks are CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) powered, which emit approximately 5.9 metric tons of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) equivalents per vehicle each year. WRT currently uses Near-Zero CNG trucks to serve customers in Carson, which emit approximately 3.3 metric tons of CO2 equivalents per vehicle each year—far below the 23.6 metric tons that traditional diesel trucks used to emit before the industry converted to CNG.

The new electric truck will be 100-percent emission free and is equivalent to removing the emissions of 57,669 passenger vehicle miles from the road each year, or approximately 3-4 cars.

The City of Carson is committed to environmental sustainability and the addition of this all- electric truck will support a number of the city’s “green” initiatives like solar paneling of City-owned buildings, including the Carson community center; citywide e-waste recycling and paper shredding and used oil recycling events; and providing volunteer support for local school gardens. The City also recently received an award by CalRecycle for beverage container recycling and a Cal Fire Grant to plant 1,400 new City trees that will reduce greenhouse emission and the city’s carbon footprint.

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