Waste Management

Client Description:

Largest provider of waste collection and municipal recycling services in North America

Client Goals:

GNA has worked with Waste Management (WM) on a number of initiatives since 2000, starting with a novel mobile-to-stationary emission credit trading program that would allow the construction of a new electric powerplant in Southern California and the introduction of WM’s first commercial fleet of natural gas refuse haulers in San Diego. Following the success of that project, GNA and WM have collaborated on multiple goals, including:

  • Secure funding for WM’s first commercial natural gas truck fleet to offset emissions from a new stationary source
  • Identify funding opportunities for implementation of alt fuels in WM’s fleet nationwide
  • Navigate on- and off-road air quality compliance regulations throughout the US, with particular emphasis in California
  • Navigate the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in California

Altamont Fueling Station Waste Management's 1000th natural gas refuse truck ribbon cutting

GNA Strategy:

  • Deliver full service grant tracking, grant writing, and grant compliance for WM nationwide
  • Deliver full service consulting for on-road and off-road air quality compliance
  • Assist with the implementation of alternative fuel vehicle programs throughout WM’s fleet
  • Promote initiative to customers and the community
  • Provide ongoing technical support on stations and vehicles

Project Results:

  • Helped establish WM’s position as one of the largest clean fleets and second largest natural gas station owner in the country: GNA’s assistance played a pivotal role in supporting WM’s continued implementation of alternative fuels when initially approached for the mobile-to-stationary emission reduction credit trading program back in 2000. Under this initiative, WM was able to obtain the support necessary to install a new fleet of 110 LNG refuse haulers and a state-of-the-art LNG fueling station. Since this initial effort, WM has led the way in natural gas vehicle deployment, and is now operating more than 6,000 heavy-duty natural gas vehicles and over 100 natural gas fueling stations.
  • Secured grant funding for hundreds of natural gas trucks and more than a dozen natural gas fueling stations from federal, state, and local agencies: GNA has identified available incentive funding and written detailed grant applications on behalf of WM for natural gas truck purchases, facility modifications, and both CNG and LNG fueling infrastructure across the country. GNA has secured funding through the US Department of Energy, California Energy Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, North Carolina Solar Center, Oregon Department of Energy, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and various national Clean Cities Coalition funding solicitations. GNA manages the company’s ongoing compliance reporting required by the various funding agencies for all sites that have secured grants.
  • Celebrated WM’s 1000th natural gas truck with a ribbon-cutting ceremony: In 2011, GNA helped WM commemorate the addition of its 1000th CNG vehicle at a ceremony held on the site of the company’s natural gas fueling station in Carson, California. Mayor Bob Foster of Long Beach and other local representatives were in attendance to congratulate WM on their leadership in alternative fuels and efforts to reduce emissions in the community. GNA coordinated event logistics, media outreach, and other elements of the ceremony.
  • Management of environmental certification programs: Between 2011 and 2014, GNA managed WM’s annual certification of its Puget Sound vehicle fleet under the Evergreen Fleet certification program run by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. This program was designed to help fleets manage their environmental footprint by minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing fuel consumption through alternative fuel implementation and improved fleet management practices.