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Return-It Announces the Expansion of its CNG-Electric Hybrid Compaction Truck Fleet

Oct 11, 2022

In Celebration of Circular Economy Month, Return-It Expands the Decarbonization of Its Transportation Fleet to Reduce Emissions

Burnaby, B.C.—October 11, 2022 – Return-It is excited to announce the expansion of its compressed natural gas (CNG)-electric hybrid compaction truck fleet in its celebration of Canada’s Circular Economy Month. The company has received and added three new trucks to its dedicated transportation network – a move that drives the organization closer to the goal of decarbonizing various areas of operations. The three trucks, which will join an existing fleet, will lower greenhouse gas emissions from beverage container transportation by up to 25% while at the same time reducing the number of transport vehicles on the road.

In September 2020, in a significant step towards creating a greener beverage container recycling system in B.C., Return-It and its partners launched Canada’s first-of-its-kind pilot program for specialized CNG-electric hybrid compaction trucks. Since that first truck hit the road, approximately 150 million plastic bottles have been compacted as of September 2022. With the success of the pilot program, Return-It is making the program permanent, and expanding the fleet to four CNG-electric hybrid trucks and three compaction trailers.

“As the province’s leading product stewardship organization, we are committed to making a positive contribution to efforts mitigating our impact on the environment, including GHG emission reductions,” said President and CEO Cindy Coutts. “The success of our pilot program proved our investment in new technology was returning significant economic and environmental results. We have saved 69 metric tons of GHG emissions, per CNG-electric hybrid vehicle on an annual basis through the use of a cleaner alternative fuel.”

FortisBC, a leading energy utility in the province, is providing the CNG fuel. FortisBC works with large commercial fleet customers, government and municipalities to advance natural gas as a lower-carbon fuel that addresses the heavy duty needs of commercial transportation operations. Compressed natural gas cost-effectively improves the environmental performance of the transportation sector versus conventional fuels like diesel or gasoline.

“We are pleased to provide lower-carbon fuel and fuelling infrastructure so that Return-It can expand its CNG fleet,” says Sarah Smith, Director, Low Carbon Transportation and LNG Business Growth for FortisBC. “We appreciate working with a company that shares our commitment to decarbonization through the use of innovative technology to support lower-carbon and cost-effective fuels.”

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