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SWANA report assesses viability of electricity, alternative fuels for collection vehicles

The report analyzes fueling methods in terms of their energy usage, well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions, fuel cost, total cost and stage of commercialization.

September 12, 2022

The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA’s) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) has issued a report assessing the viability of electricity and other alternative fuels for solid waste and recycling collection vehicles.

According to a release from the association, the publication analyzes electricity, hydrogen fuel cells, compressed and renewable natural gas and ultra-low sulfur and renewable diesel in terms of their energy usage, well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions, fuel cost, total cost and stage of commercialization.  

The report, “Evaluation of Electricity and Other Alternative Fuels for Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Vehicles,” follows the ARF report released in March 2022, “Efficient Management of Waste & Recycling Collection Resources,” which presented tools and best practices for streamlining collection operations.

“Considering the environmental impact and rising cost of diesel, it is important to evaluate alternatives available for solid waste and recycling collection trucks, which are among the lowest fuel economy of all over-the-road vehicles,” states David Biderman, SWANA executive director and CEO. “This new report provides collection fleet managers with useful data and analyses for the fuel options currently on the market,” Biderman adds.

“We are proud to be able to provide this in-depth report on this important and timely topic,” says Jeremy O’Brien, SWANA’s director of applied research. “SWANA would like to recognize and thank the organizations that comprise the ARF’s Collection Group Subscribers who identified and voted on this topic as well as supported and assisted in the research.”

The full report is currently only available to SWANA ARF subscribers. To learn more about the report and to download the executive summary, click here.

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