An Eastern Townships first: Sani-Estrie and the City of Magog team up to offer greener household waste removal

July 13, 2015 - Press releases

Magog (Québec), Monday, July 13, 2015 – Today, Sani-Estrie, Gaz Métro and its subsidiary Gaz Métro Transport Solutions (GMTS) joined Magog Mayor Vicki May Hamm to announce the arrival of new dump trucks powered exclusively by compressed natural gas (CNG): a fuel that's not only cheaper, but also more environmentally friendly. The shift towards greener transport was lauded by the City of Magog, which has contracted Sani-Estrie to take care of its household waste removal.

The Sherbrooke-based family business, well established in the Eastern Townships, currently boasts nine CNG trucks, five of which will be used for waste collection in Magog. To facilitate fuel supply, GMTS provided a compression station on Sani-Estrie Sherbrooke site. The new fleet, now in operation, has been refuelling through the Gaz Métro network since July 1.

“We are very excited about the new trucks, which will let us enjoy the many benefits of natural gas, especially on the economic and environmental levels,” said Sani-Estrie's Vice-President, Sylvain Gagné. “Staying at the fore of transport trends is vital if we are to increase our competitiveness in the field of waste collection.”

The nine CNG trucks—two tractor-trailers, two roll-off trucks and five dump trucks—are the first of a total of 30 to be delivered over the next five years. In addition to generating medium- to long-term savings for Sani-Estrie, the new fleet will cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 18%. The fact that natural gas engines are also up to 10 decibels quieter will also improve quality of life in the community.

The switch to natural gas gives Sani-Estrie an edge with prospective customers who, like the City of Magog, are concerned about reducing emissions. “We chose to be proactive in finding the best and most cost-effective solutions to reach and even surpass the environmental targets set by the Québec government,” said Mayor Hamm. “Sani-Estrie offers greener and quieter waste collection. This is a concrete example of how our city's strategic directions can be put into action as we strive to implement sustainable practices in such areas as water and waste management, energy consumption and environmental conservation.”

“The recent agreement between the City of Magog and Sani-Estrie shows that municipalities have everything to gain by turning to suppliers who are conscious of their environmental impact,” said Éric Desmarais, Director, Fuel Market at Gaz Métro. “We are particularly pleased to see a city like Magog view natural gas as a lever for sustainable economic development. I urge Québec municipalities to follow suit to provide their citizens with a healthier environment.”

About Sani-Estrie

Founded in 2002 by the group Gestion Sani-Eco Inc. and Yves Duhamel, Sani-Estrie Inc. specializes in residential, commercial and industrial waste transport. The company also rents containers in a range of sizes for disposing of construction and other waste materials. In 2014, wishing to offer local municipalities, businesses and residents a variety of services, the company built a trans-shipment centre on its Sherbrooke site. In 2015, it established a new program focused on green energy. Sani-Estrie now has trucks running on natural gas, a clean energy.

About Gaz Métro Transport Solutions

Gaz Métro Transport Solutions (GMTS), an affiliate of Gaz Métro, was created in 2010 to encourage the transportation industry to switch to natural gas, a more economic and cleaner alternative to diesel in heavy transportation. GMTS is committed to developing a market for CNG and LNG as sources of fuel. GMTS offers turn-key solutions to fleet owners to accompany them throughout their transition projects using natural gas as a source of fuel. GMTS introduced and launched the Blue Road in 2011 and has become since a leader in the alternative fuels space in Québec, both for the advisory role it provides to companies and for its deployment of refueling stations.

About Gaz Métro

With more than $6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Québec, where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves more than 300 municipalities and more than 195,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also present in Vermont, producing electricity and distributing electricity and natural gas to meet the needs of more than 305,000 customers. Gaz Métro is actively involved in the development and operation of innovative, promising energy projects, including natural gas as fuel and liquefied natural gas as a replacement for higher emission-producing energies, the production of wind power, and the development of biomethane. Gaz Métro is a major energy sector player that takes the lead in responding to the needs of its customers, regions and municipalities, local organizations and communities while also satisfying the expectations of its Partners (Gaz Métro inc. and Valener) and employees.

Maude Hébert-Chaput
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