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Republic celebrates natural gas fueling station

Quieter collection trucks added to Wilsonville-based fleet, which also serves Tualatin, Lake Oswego, beyond.


PMG PHOTO: JAKE BARTMAN - Cutting the ribbon at Republic Services' new fueling station in Wilsonville, from left: Clackamas County Commissioners Paul Savas and Jim Bernard, Clackamas County Commission Chair John Ludlow, Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp, Republic Services North County and Portland Metro Area General Manager Jason Jordan, Republic Services Area President Mike Huycke, Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker, Republic Services Area Director of Operations Bob Bennett and Lake Oswego City Councilor Jon Gustafson.A waste disposal company that serves the Tualatin-Sherwood area held a ceremonial grand opening last Friday for a new compressed natural gas fueling station in Wilsonville.

Republic Services celebrated the completion of its fueling station, along with the addition of 16 collection trucks that run on compressed natural gas to its fleet, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp and officials from Clackamas County and Lake Oswego, which is also in Republic's service area.

The compressed natural gas trucks replace older diesel-powered vehicles, and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic Services in Oregon to 35. The vehicles produce less carbon emissions than diesel-powered vehicles, in addition to being far quieter, the company said.

Republic's Wilsonville location serves Tualatin, Sherwood, Wilsonville, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Oregon City and parts of Portland.

“Within the last few years, we’ve been focusing on making Wilsonville the hub for our metro-area operations,” station general manager Jason Jordan told the Wilsonville Spokesman, The Times' sister newspaper, last fall.

Republic has said it hopes to eventually convert its entire 58-vehicle Wilsonville fleet to compressed natural gas. The fueling station is the latest step toward that goal, after a maintenance shop that can accommodate compressed natural gas vehicles was constructed in Wilsonville last year.

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