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A garbage-collection company hopes they've found a nutritional use for residential lawn clippings.
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Republic Services, which collects garbage and recyclables in the three cities, is hoping for 5,000 to 8,000 participants, business development manager Rachele Klein said.
The company has a list of about 200 people who've already said they want service when it's available, Klein said.
Starting in July, participants will pay about $8 a month for a 95-gallon cart in which they can dump clippings after mowing their lawns. Each additional cart will cost about $5.
Republic will pick up the clippings once a week, hopefully a day or two after mowing. The company will put the clippings in a pit, pack them and cover them with tarps to induce a fermentation process that's similar to pickling, Klein said.
When they're ready, the pickled clippings will be added to a mixture of hay, corn and other ingredients and fed to cows.
The pickling process is a good way to store the clippings, Klein said, and Republic expects it will make fertilizers and pet waste inert.
Farmers and ranchers have used grass clippings as a supplement for livestock feed for years, but Klein said she has never heard of a widespread program like the one Republic is starting.
"Certainly, if you find anything, we'd love to hear about it," she said.
Klein said Republic fields lots of requests from customers who want to do something with their clippings besides throw them in the trash.
Bill McMahon of Eagle said his reasons for participating in the program are as practical as they are high-minded. Enough additional trash carts to hold all of his clippings would cost him as much as the pilot program, he said.
"We lived the last 25 years in California, and I was amazed that you put your grass clippings in with your garbage (here)," he said. In California "they have the regular recycling, and they have the garbage and then the green recycling. All three carts. They've had them for years and years."
The program's costs to Republic include additional trucks, drivers and fuel, as well as money the company is paying to develop the area where the clippings are processed, Klein said.
In addition to collecting payments from program participants, Republic will save money in landfill fees. It probably won't be enough to break even this year, Klein said, but the company is hoping to do so next year.
"I wouldn't say we're looking at this as a moneymaker," Klein said. "We're looking at this as an opportunity to divert more green waste from the waste stream."
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BOISE -- There could soon be a way to dispose of grass clippings without dumping the unwanted piles in the local landfill.
That's because local waste disposal company Republic Services is working on a low-cost grass recycling program that would be available to its customers in Eagle, Boise, and Meridian.
What's more: the company says the grass would be turned into cattle feed through a special underground anaerobic process.
Republic Services tells KTVB it's an idea they've been working on the plan for six weeks. They say it's a response to a problem trash crews face in the summer months. They say during this time the trash load almost doubles and most of the additional waste is grass.
To address the problem, workers came up with an interesting way to get rid of the grass while being environmentally responsible. They say customers would pay for a separate bin, with a tan lid used for grass in the summer, leaves in the fall, and extra trash in the winter.
During summer months, collectors would pick up the grass once a week, then take it to a local farmer to be recycled into cattle feed. If local city councils approve the plan, it would be offered for an extra subscription fee of $7.95 a month.
Rachele Klein tells us only grass can go in the bin, and no tree trimmings or other yard waste.
".. We will be depositing grass into silage pit and it will be packed tightly in tarp and the grass will go through an anaerobic process like pickling, and after several months the rancher can use it as cattle feed," Klein said.
She said the recycled feed will be tested before being fed to cattle, since it's a new process. Klein also said the company and cattle owners would address problems like contaminants and fertilizer in the grass clippings to make sure the feed is safe.
Klein said there is already a waiting list for the future program and her company is hoping that five percent of its customer base will buy into the program.
However, before that happens, each city council must still approve the grass recycling plan.
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Clean Energy and Republic Services, Inc., Establish Partnership to Supply First CNG Refuse Fleet in Idaho
SEAL BEACH, Calif.--Republic Services, Inc., the City of Boise, Idaho's waste and recycling collection services contractor, has awarded Clean Energy Fuels Corp. a contract to build and operate a compressed natural gas (CNG) time-fill station and provide fuel for Republic's planned deployment of a new CNG refuse truck fleet that will be the first in Idaho. Republic has an exclusive contract with the City of Boise to provide all solid waste and recycling services to more than 68,000 residential and commercial customers in the Greater Boise area. The company operated under the name Allied Waste until a December 2008 merger with Republic, when the two combined to form the second largest solid waste management company in the United States.
"The use of these clean-burning CNG trucks as replacements for our older diesel models aligns with the City of Boise's strategic plan to combat climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure air quality improvements," said Dave Fisher, Republic's Boise general manager. "CNG has proven to be cleaner burning than gasoline or diesel fuel, significantly lowering harmful emissions like nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, toxic pollutants and greenhouse gas carbon dioxide."
Fisher added, "We also believe that natural gas fuel, because it is a domestic resource, is a positive move for the country which will help us reduce our dependence on imported foreign oil."
Boise is home to one-third of Idaho's population and much of the state's industrial and business base, which concentrates in the Treasure Valley section of the city. After careful analysis, the city and Republic determined that a CNG refuse fleet would bring significant air quality and environmental benefits to the area, and help Boise achieve consistent compliance with increasingly stringent standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ray Burke, Clean Energy Vice President, said, "We congratulate both the City of Boise and Republic for their demonstrated commitment to environmental quality and their choice of clean-burning CNG trucks to provide refuse services to their citizens. We are proud to work with them to support the first CNG-powered trash truck fleet in Idaho, and believe that this can serve as a model for implementing clean refuse collection policies in cities throughout Idaho."
Clean Energy is the leading provider of natural gas (CNG and LNG) for transportation in North America. It has a broad customer base in the refuse, transit, ports, shuttle, taxi, trucking, airport and municipal fleet markets, fueling more than 15,000 vehicles at 176 strategic locations across the United States and Canada. Clean Energy owns and operates two LNG production plants, one in Willis, TX and one in Boron, CA, with combined capacity of 260,000 LNG gallons per day and designed to expand to 340,000 LNG gallons per day as demand increases. It also owns and operates a landfill gas processing facility in Dallas, TX that produces renewable biomethane gas for delivery in the nation's gas pipeline network. Please visit www.cleanenergyfuels.com
Republic Services, Inc. has been building on success since its inception in 1998, becoming an industry-leading provider of waste and environmental services. The company provides trash collection services to commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers in 40 states and Puerto Rico through its 400 collection companies. Republic Services owns or operates 242 transfer stations, 213 solid waste landfills and 79 recycling facilities. The company is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and has more than 35,000 employees. For more information, visit the Republic Services web site at www.republicservices.com
Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including statements about the use of CNG vehicles by RSI, the associated environmental benefits of using CNG fuel as compared to diesel and the potential procurement of CNG refuse vehicles by other refuse fleet operators in the State of Idaho. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of several factors including unanticipated delays in the completion of the CNG station, problems incurred during the construction phase of the CNG station, the timing of any CNG vehicle purchases by RSI and the availability and performance of CNG refuse collection vehicles. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release and the company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.