North America's largest recycling/waste management natural gas-powered fleet cleaned up it act just a little more Friday with the opening of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in the Houston area at Conroe, TX. Waste Management said it now has five CNG-fueled collection vehicles in the Houston area, and will have an additional 35 CNG-powered vehicles by the end of this year. A public station, the Conroe fueling facility, will service Waste Management's local fleet and sell CNG to commercial fleet operators. Waste Management operates more than 1,400 CNG vehicles, the largest fleet in North America, and a spokesperson said that for every Class 8 diesel truck the company replaces with CNG, diesel use is replaced by an average of 8,000 gallons annually, which cuts annual greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 22 metric tons. The self-service "Clean N' Green station was built by California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

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