Green is the New Orange
You might not know it, but many of the orange DPW trucks you see on the roads have retreaded tires, run on cleaner-burning diesel fuel, and use recycled motor and hydraulic oil, antifreeze and washer fluid. This is all part of the Vehicle Maintenance’s green approach to its operations. Wipe rags used to clean vehicles are made from reclaimed fabrics, many of which served as hotel window curtains in their previous lives. The recycled rags are more economical and better for the environment.
Recycling is also a priority in the division. Truck and car parts at the end of their lives are recycled including batteries, engine parts, nuts, bolts, plow blades and pretty much all other metal parts. It’s estimated that on an annual basis, 5 tons of metal parts are collected for recycling from the Vehicle Maintenance division alone.
The City is also moving towards a more fuel-efficient fleet. Across departments, Cambridge has over 22 hybrid vehicles and 8 electric carts. In 2006, the city manager instituted a "Green Fleet Committee" and vehicle review procedure. This procedure requires all departments requesting to purchase new vehicles to do a comparison of vehicles and select the greenest option based on fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions that would still meet operational and safety needs.
For more information on our Vehicle Maintenance Division, please visit the division's webpage.
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