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New SWANA Report Evaluates Electricity and Other Alternative Fuels for Refuse and Recycling Collection Vehicles

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SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation’s report provides detailed analyses of fuel options for waste collection fleet managers

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) has issued an important new report assessing the viability of electricity and other alternative fuels for solid waste and recycling collection vehicles. 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 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,” stated 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 added.

“We are proud to be able to provide this in-depth report on this important and timely topic,” said 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, Evaluation of Electricity and Other Alternative Fuels for Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Vehicles, is currently only available to SWANA ARF subscribers. SWANA members receive free access to the report one year after publication.

To learn more about the report and to download the executive summary, click here.

To learn more about SWANA and SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation, visit https://swana.org/resources/research.

About SWANA

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 60 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.

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