Mack Trucks has delivered four natural gas-powered Mack TerraPro low entry refuse trucks to the city of Grand Junction, CO.

The trucks are the company’s first natural gas refuse trucks to operate in Western Colorado.

“Grand Junction is committed to clean air technology and we’ve long relied on Mack trucks to handle our refuse collection,” said Jay Valentine, Grand Junction assistant financial operations. “The natural gas powered TerraPro delivers the performance we’ve come to expect from Mack and allows us to utilize Western Colorado’s abundant supply of natural gas.”

Grand Junction operates 12 refuse trucks, all Macks, including the new gas-powered TerraPro, three of which are automated side-loading units for residential refuse collection and one front loading unit for commercial collection.

The city is investigating the possibility of converting methane gas from the city’s Persigo Wastewater Treatment plant into compressed natural gas.

“Mack’s natural gas powered TerraPro combines an industry-leading truck with alternative fuel technology to give fleets the durability they need while at the same time reducing CO2 emissions,” said John Thomas, Mack regional vice president. “It’s an ideal solution for refuse applications, where the vehicles return to a central location every day for refueling. We’re beginning to see a migration toward natural gas and some of our refuse customers envision all-gas fleets in the not too distant future.”