Chicago Park District trialing B100

June 29, 2020 |

In Illinois, as Chicago residents begin to resume outdoor activities, they can expect to breathe a little easier. That’s because the Chicago Park District (CPD) is working to improve air quality by fueling park refuse haulers with 100 percent biodiesel (B100).

It’s all part of a pilot program in partnership with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program and the American Lung Association (ALA), aimed at reduced vehicle carbon emissions and more sustainable operations. As the B100 pilot program enters its second year, CPD is celebrating improved air quality and emission reductions equivalent to planting 419 trees in Chicago parks annually.

The refuse vehicles collect trash on Chicago’s lakefront and in nearby city parks, areas where many people go to enjoy fresh air. Refuse haulers typically travel at low speeds and require frequent stops, creating potential for increased soot and emissions.

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