May 10, 2012
During a news conference on Thursday, the city of Phoenix unveiled a newly refurbished garbage truck that had originally been targeted for replacement. Instead, the city partnered with DaDee Manufacturing, a local business in south Phoenix, to re-build parts of the truck. Each truck typically costs $250,000 to purchase brand new. By choosing to rebuild 10 trucks, the city will save more than $1 million.
“As a city we have to lead by example and do the hard work to build a successful and sustainable economic future," Mayor Greg Stanton said. "Not only is the city saving money and resources with these refurbished trucks, but also we are providing an opportunity for a local company to stay in business. This partnership is exactly the kind of collaboration we need to move our city forward."
"For the past several years, our city management and my colleagues on the Phoenix City Council have challenged staff to find more innovative and efficient ways of doing business," said Councilman Bill Gates, chairman of the city's Innovation, Efficiency, Transparency and Ethics City Council Subcommittee. "This is another huge step in the right direction and I commend staff for their efforts to identify yet another innovative idea that will benefit our taxpayers."
The refurbished trucks are expected to last longer; the average life of a garbage truck is seven years. Also, the diesel engine emission systems will be retrofitted with new diesel particulate filters, which coupled with the use of B-20 biodiesel fuel, will reduce the impact to regional air quality.
Stephanie Ribodal Romero