Clean-Burning Garbage Trucks

The city of San Antonio has a new fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) garbage trucks.

Aided by federal and state grants, the city purchased 30 CNG-powered trucks in September 2008, says Salvador Ytuarte, district manager for the Northeast service center in San Antonio.

“We were looking to try and clean up the city,” Ytuarte says.

CNG garbage trucks cost about $32,000 more than diesel trucks, but the city saves about 70 cents per gallon in fuel costs.

City officials are awaiting results from a survey by Texas A&M University on whether the new trucks have helped improve the city’s environment.

For more information, contact San Antonio’s Solid Waste Management Department, (210) 207-6428.