December 2, 2019. Municipal staff is recommending the City Council Tuesday move up a planned purchase of two new solid waste collection trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) by a least a year to save $170,000. They found two CNG chassis trucks the city can buy at a substantial savings. The two chassis are two years old but have been used as floor models making them essentially new. When combined with required components to make collection runs in Manteca, they will cost $330,000 each compared to the $415,000 of a new model.

The trucks will replace two 12-year-old side loader garbage trucks that were originally purchased to use in alleys. The trucks have a smaller capacity. They are now rarely used since the city’s newer trucks that are larger and are equipped with mechanical arms can work in tighter spaces. That means they require less trips to the landfill allowing more pickups to be made during a shift.

Manteca, along with other, California cities is under a state mandate to replace solid waste trucks with cleaner burning vehicles. The city opted to wed a needed wastewater treatment upgrade with a biogas production facility to combine methane gas with food waste to produce fuel to eventually power its entire solid waste fleet.