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November 3, 2010
Latest addition to City of Toronto's truck fleet can run on converted biogas from Green Bin organic material
The City of Toronto today unveiled the latest addition to its green fleet - a waste and recycling collection truck that is powered by compressed natural gas. Purchasing this truck is the latest step in the City’s efforts to green its vehicles, reduce fuel consumption and protect air quality and health.

"It is important to the City to pilot test vehicles with alternative fuel technologies before making a long-term commitment," said Gerry Pietschmann, the City's Fleet Services director. "The natural gas engine will allow the City to realize improved fuel efficiency and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. We consider these important factors when making additions to our fleet."

The new truck has a Cummins Westport ISL G engine that runs on compressed natural gas. Natural gas engines are fuel efficient and can meet the new 2010 emission standards without the need for the complex emission-control technology (such as diesel particulate filters and selective catalytic reduction) that is required for diesel trucks. The ISL G engine uses exhaust gas re-circulation and a three-way catalyst to achieve the required emission reductions. More information about Cummins Westport natural gas engines is available at

Introducing green medium- and heavy-duty trucks such as the natural gas collection truck is a priority for the City, as explained in the Green Fleet Plan 2008-2011.The goal of the Green Fleet Plan is to reduce fuel consumption, fuel costs, and emissions of greenhouse gases and smog pollutants.

More information about Toronto’s Green Fleet and Green Fleet Plan is available at

The City is exploring ways to use its collected organic materials more efficiently, including by producing fuel for this new truck and others like it that may be added to the City's fleet in the future.

Geoff Rathbone, General Manager of Solid Waste Management Services, said, “Pending results from a pilot program, the City hopes to convert biogas produced from digesting Green Bin organic material into compressed natural gas for distribution across Enbridge’s system. In essence, Toronto will be making its own natural gas. Our two Green Bin processing facilities have the potential to produce enough natural gas to take our entire fleet of 300 waste trucks off diesel. Creating natural gas from kitchen waste will be the first operation of its kind in North America.”

More details about refining the biogas produced from processing organics into compressed natural gas are available in the City staff report at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins, Communications & Marketing Consultant, Finance & Administration,, 416-392-2708



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