Vineland parades new CNG fleet of trash collection vehicles

December 27, 2018. A convoy of 11, natural gas-fueled trash trucks left the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) facility in Egg Harbor Township at 10:25 a.m. Thursday, staging a parade through Vineland on the way to the Cumberland County Improvement Authority facility in Deerfield Township, New Jersey.

   On Jan. 1, the ACUA takes over trash collection in Vineland under an agreement reached a few months ago. The ACUA purchased the trucks and a few other vehicles to support the arrangement with the CCIA storing and maintaining them.

   ACUA President Richard S. Dovey, Vineland City Council President Paul Spinelli, and CCIA  Executive Director Gerard Velazquez were at the Jesse Bridge Road site for the arrival.

   Dovey said the parties wanted to show residents they are getting a vehicle fleet straight from the factory, vehicles powered by green fuel, and to show off Cumberland's facility. The CCIA is completing work on a compressed natural gas refueling station to service the ACUA vehicles.

   Vineland is the first community the ACUA has signed a deal with in Cumberland County, but the authority hopes to add others. The authority already collects trash in 14 communities, and collects recyclables in 22 communities.

    "The key was Cumberland was installing this compressed natural gas refueling station here," Dovey said. "It’s not going to be ready by next week. But there are a couple locations — one in Millville, one in Vineland — we can use on an interim basis. We expect this to be done in February."