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Biogas-powered garbage trucks planned for Toronto

Rubbish collection vehicles could soon be running off natural biogas derived from landfill gas in the city of Toronto.

The city has purchased just one green truck to date which will be used for testing, but this figure will increase should the results prove positive. ‘It is important to the city to pilot test vehicles with alternative fuel technologies before making a long-term commitment,’ explained Toronto’s Fleet Services director Gerry Pietschmann.

The new trucks will be fitted with a Cummins Westport ISL G engine as the region looks to efficiently utilise its waste organic materials, in addition to reduce its consumption of fossil fuels and slash the levels of greenhouse gases emitted, as part of the Green Fleet Plan 2008-2011.