Walker Mayor Rick Ramsey, Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks and other area officials joined Waste Management of Louisiana on May 13 at a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate Waste Management’s new compressed natural gas fleet facility in Walker.

The new CNG facility, which will service routes in Livingston Parish and the greater Baton Rouge area, is a major step toward the company’s sustainability goals of reducing its fleet emissions and increasing its fuel efficiency, a news release said.

Warren Guedry, with Waste Management’s public sectors solution, said the new facility was a collaborative effort between Livingston Parish, Walker and Waste Management, and “it could not have been accomplished without the work of all those involved.”

In February 2014, Waste Management officials announced that they would begin a conversion of their 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.

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 quieter, the release said.