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Saint Landry Parish Expands Bio-Fuel Operations

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In St. Landry Parish, trash is being converted into treasure. 

In 2012, the parish began generating bio-fuel and using it in sheriff's department vehicles.

It was Louisiana’s first bio-fuel operation to create waste methane into fuel for vehicles.  

Today, the program has now expanded.

The tanks of some St. Landry Parish government vehicles are being filled with compressed natural gas (CNG).

The garbage that's collected in most of the Progressive garbage trucks is cleaned and compressed into bio-fuel. 

"It's taken from a source that's generally nothing but a waste mass and turned into something beneficial," said Katry Martin, Executive Director of St. Landry Solid Waste District. 

With the expansion, more fuel will be created in the current location and transported to other sites. The "mother-daughter" fueling arrangement is one of the first in the state. It will benefit not only the Parish, but the environment as well.

"With a natural gas, there is no emitting of bad gasses going into the atmosphere," CNG operations technician, Faltery Jolivette said. 

Martin added, "It decreases the emission rates by 90 percent." 

Another benefit, the cost of filling up with CNG is as low as .85 cents a gallon.  
"We believe it's going to be economical," Martin said. "Because of the economies of scale, there's going to be a good return on investment and actually a revenue source for the tax payers of St. Landry Parish.

So far 25 vehicles are using the gas in the area, but officials say it could be expanded to the public in the future. 

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