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City looking to sell CNG waste truck it can't fuel

In good old Cincinnati this week, we learn that city officials are trying to unload a waste truck they bought for more than $350,000. That’s not too unusual, at least at first glance.


Wikimedia Commons, Andreas Geick

Wikimedia Commons, Andreas Geick

It’s a hard pill to swallow, but maybe it was bound to happen, especially as new technologies emerge so quickly nowadays.

That’s the benefit of the doubt.

In good old Cincinnati this week, we learn that city officials are trying to unload a waste truck they bought for more than $350,000. That’s not too unusual, apart from the fact that this truck isn’t compatible with city street widths and overhead wires.

But the real kicker?

The waste truck can’t be filled with gas, at least over the winter! It seems the truck runs on compressed natural gas, but the local fuel supplier adds a propane enrichment for cold protection that’s not compatible with the waste truck.

Of course, the city purchased the truck with the intention of reducing its municipal fleet fuel costs with compressed natural gas. A good move, no doubt.

“I’m not going to ask you what they were smoking or drinking,” one city councillor told the Cincinnati Business Courier. “I couldn’t sleep last night thinking of this supersized truck and the taxpayer dollars that were wasted on it.”

The city has been examining a deal that would see the truck (just 100 miles on it) sold to nearby Lexington, KY.

*Stay tuned for our upcoming SWR supplement on natural gas in the first edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine for 2015.