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SSC dramatically reduces emissions through fleet retrofit



August 25, 2009






For more information contact:

Paul Razore, President

Sanitary Service Company, Inc. (SSC)

(360) 734-3490 or



Sanitary Service Company dramatically reduces emissions through fleet retrofit


Bellingham, Washington – Sanitary Service Company, Inc. (SSC), recently completed a major exhaust system retrofit on its fleet of garbage and recycling collection vehicles, resulting in reduced carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions of more than 50%.


Sanitary Service Company Inc. (SSC) garbage and recycling collection trucks are leaving a little less behind when servicing their collection routes in Whatcom County.  Last month, SSC completed an exhaust system retrofit on fifty-eight of its diesel garbage and recycling collection trucks as part of the Washington State Clean Diesel Grant Program.  This joint effort, which included financial support from the Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) and installation assistance from the staff at Cummins Northwest, will help further reduce emissions from the SSC fleet by more than 50% in some cases.


According to SSC President, Paul Razore, the Cummins Emission Solutions retrofit DOC utilized Donaldson and Johnson Matthey Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOC).  “The installation of this product will allow us to reduce Particulate Matter (PM) emissions by 15-30% and Carbon Monoxide and Hydrocarbon emission by 50% or more on our fleet,” said Razore.  The WDOE Diesel Grant program was established to install emissions control technology on heavy-duty, diesel vehicles and equipment operating in the public and private sectors in Washington.  SSC applied for, and was awarded, a grant as a Privately-owned Diesel Fleet.


In recent years, SSC has taken a number of steps to reduce its fleet emissions, including switching to biodiesel fuel, retiring older vehicles, and purchasing state-of-the-art, low-emission vehicles.  For more information about the retrofit contact Rodd Pemble, SSC Recycling Manager, at (360) 734-3490 or visit  For more information about the WDOE clean diesel grant program visit




About Sanitary Service Company, Inc. (SSC)                    

SSC is Whatcom County’s largest recycling and garbage collection company, serving over 45,000 residential and commercial customers.  Established in 1929, SSC is locally-owned and family-operated.  SSC was named 2006 Recycler of the Year by the Washington State Recycling Association for the FoodPlus! Recycling and Food to Flowers! compost collection programs.  SSC also received the Washington Refuse & Recycling Association 2007 Sustainable Business of the Year award.  SSC is a Toward Zero Waste Founding Pioneer, 100% Green Power leader, and a 5-Star member of EnviroStars.



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