Hybrid garbage truck cuts fuel costs, pollution

What's being called the first compressed natural gas and electric hybrid garbage truck has gone to work in Fresno, in what officials called the next step to a more environmentally friendly city.

"This is a Prius with an appetite for trash," said Rene Ramirez, Fresno's Public Utilities Director.

The hybrid truck is expected to offer a 40% improvement in fuel economy, saving the city $1,400 in fuel costs each year over a traditional garbage truck.

"It will also reduce smog-forming emission by 90%," Ramirez said. "It will help us be good stewards of the environment, and provide a good example to the community."

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