City Unveils New-Look, CNG Trash Trucks
It is technically called a Solid Waste Packer, but those who have seen the city’s four new compressed natural gas (CNG) trash trucks are calling them ‘sleek,’ ‘eye-catching’ and ‘cool!’ These new look trucks were put on display outside City Hall March 2. Two other city CNG trucks-including a Freightliner tandem drive dump truck billed as the first of its kind in the nation- were also on display.
Each new trash truck has advanced safety features including a state-of-the-art chassis and lightweight air disc brakes- providing shorter stopping distances- and, thanks to the CNG feature, is more fuel-efficient. And they pick up trash like never before!
“These trucks have an automated arm mounted on the right side to dump trash and what’s called a ‘tipper’ on the left side for use on cart routes,” said Sam Swearngin, fleet administrator.
Adding to the ‘cool’ factor, each of the four trucks has a different themed four-sided wrap featuring the city skyline, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Kansas City Royals and the famed Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick came to City Hall to get an up close look at the Monarchs truck.
“This truck is a tremendous source of pride,” he said. “It’s (having this truck) an opportunity to continue to generate additional awareness about the museum and the Negro Leagues.” Seeing the truck adorned with iconic scenes from the league and a portrait of famed Negro Leagues ambassador and icon John ‘Buck’ O’Neil reminds Kendrick of just how big an impact the Monarchs have in Kansas City. “This shows just how important the Monarchs are to the fabric of Kansas City,” he said.
City staff and members of the design and engineering teams gathered around the trucks and answered several questions posed by curious passers by.