Chesapeake, Virginia, – February 13, 2012 – TFC Recycling has added five new compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks to its fleet, making it the largest private owner and operator of clean-running, collection trucks in Virginia. It has also opened Hampton Roads’ first fleet maintenance shop capable of working on CNG vehicles.
At a news conference at TFC’s Chesapeake maintenance facility today, 4th District Congressman Randy Forbes applauded the company for taking a leadership role in alternative energy. “TFC is setting a high standard in its industry and in Virginia by investing in CNG technology,” said Forbes. “This is good for the Commonwealth and for the nation.” The Director of Virginia Clean Cities, Alleyn Harned, told the audience of municipal and business leaders that TFC Recycling is to be congratulated for “stepping up as high impact leaders to support cleaner domestic fuel alternatives.”
TFC estimates that its six CNG trucks will each year displace 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel, which helps the environment and reduces the nation’s dependency on foreign oil. CNG powered vehicles produce just half of the emissions that federal guidelines allow, making TFC Recycling’s collection fleet among the cleanest in Virginia.
TFC Recycling’s new 20-bay maintenance facility is CNG compliant and the first of its kind in Hampton Roads. Mechanics there are certified in alternative fuels, which means they can assist other businesses that are interested in CNG conversion and maintenance.
“When it comes to transportation, the Commonwealth takes an all fuels approach,” says Cathie France, Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of Energy.
“Governor McDonnell is therefore pleased to see companies like TFC Recycling embrace and use fuels such as natural gas, which mean cleaner air in Virginia and more American jobs.” At the news conference, TFC Recycling was presented with a formal resolution from the Governor commending the company for its progressive green initiatives and use of natural resources.
“Recycling paper, glass and metals is our principal line of work,” says Michael Benedetto, President of TFC Recycling, “but we are equally committed to new technologies that promote a cleaner environment and demonstrate corporate leadership. We believe that having six CNG trucks is a good example, and we look forward to adding even more as well as a natural gas filling station in the near future.”
The six CNG trucks will be visible immediately providing curbside pickup service in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Suffolk and the Outer Banks. TFC hopes to add more cities to its network, enabling them to join in a nationwide movement to switch more trucks from petroleum-based fuels to natural gas.
TFC Recycling is a locally owned and operated recycling and waste removal company, providing residential and commercial recycling and waste removal. Established in 1973, TFC Recycling believes “it’s not how many customers we serve, but how we serve our customers.” TFC Recycling employs more than 350 people and recycles more than 250,000 tons annually thereby diverting it from the landfill.