GRAND JUNCTION, CO - The City of Grand Junction, Colo., will replace four refuse trucks currently in the City fleet with four compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, the city council announced at a recent city council meeting.

The new additions will be the first four CNG vehicles in the City's fleet and is the first stage in the City moving toward CNG and away from foreign oil dependency. Solid Waste will be converting it total fleet over the next 8 years. Garbage trucks will have the largest impact on this conversion as they are the largest user of diesel for the City, according to city documents.

One of the vehicles is a front load refuse truck, while the other three will side load refuse trucks. All will be supplied by Faris Machinery Company.

These trucks have a 10-month delivery time, allowing the City to install a fueling and maintenance facility for CNG vehicles.