Waste Management of Louisiana has started construction on a compressed natural gas facility in Walker that will fuel its trucks servicing Livingston Parish and the rest of the greater Baton Rouge area.

Waste Management announced in February 2014 it would begin a conversion of its truck fleet in the Baton Rouge area to CNG in the fourth quarter of 2014 and the project was anticipated to last six to eight months.

The CNG facility will help the company reduce its fleet emissions and increase fuel efficiency while creating a cleaner and greener environment, said Warren Guedry, public sectors solution – Gulf Coast area.

“This was a collaborative effort between Livingston Parish, the city of Walker and Waste Management, and it could not have been accomplished without the work of all those involved,” Guedry said.

Waste Management’s CNG-powered vehicles cut smog-producing nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 50 percent compared to the cleanest diesel trucks and are far quieter, the company said. Each Class 8 diesel truck 2006 and older model replaced with a natural gas vehicle reduces diesel use by an average of 8,000 gallons per year and cuts annual greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 22 metric tons, or over 48,000 pounds annually.

The Houston company already operates over 4,000 alternatively fueled vehicles nationwide and has the largest CNG waste collection fleet in North America.