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There are some crazy ideas out there on how to power a car. Everything from DIY steam and wood power to OEM-built hydrogen and CNG have tried to knock gasoline from its throne. But could you imagine running your car on the waste that comes from...well, you?

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With the addition of its 1,000th clean-burning garbage truck, Waste Management can now officially claim that it operates the largest natural gas fleet in all of North America.

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In late May, Waste Management (WM) celebrated the opening of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Wheeling, IL. That facility, equipped with 40 filing bays, is used to fuel WM's six CNG-powered vehicles that operate in the Chicago area. Now, WM is back at it again. This time 'round, the trash and waste removal specialist is celebrating the grand opening of its public-access CNG fueling station in Camden, NJ.

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On May 24th, Waste Management of Illinois boosted its commitment to use natural gas-powered garbage and recycling trucks with the opening of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Wheeling, IL. The facility is equipped with 40 filling bays, which will be used to fuel Waste Management's six CNG-powered vehicles that operate in the Chicago area. Waste Management's trucks hold approximately 50 gallons of CNG, which allow the heavy-duty waste-hauling machines to run for up to 12 hours.

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Q. What do the Tennessee Valley Authority, General Motors and Waste Management have in common?

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Waste Management, the garbage-collecting giant, is adding 4 hydraulic hybrids to its Fort Worth fleet for a bit of field testing. The trucks, which were launched about 6 months ago, are from Peterbilt and use the Eaton Hydraulic Launch Assist (HLA) system to store much of the energy used in braking to help launch the vehicle forward when its time to go again. Not only can the truck reduce its fuel use up to 30 percent, according to William Jackson of Peterbilt, but the hydraulic innovation can d

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