Casella Adds On-board Refining System to Fleet

Oil Purification Systems (OPS), developer and manufacturer of an on-board oil refining system, recently announced that Casella Waste Systems, Inc., a provider of solid waste, recycling, and resource management services in the Northeast, has completed the installation of an additional 200 units of the OPS-1 system to the company's off-highway and industrial engines.

This will bring Casella's total number of installed OPS-1 systems to more than 1,000 units. The company expects to save more than 55,000 gallons of oil and $600 per vehicle each year.

Gary Simmons, Casella's vice president of fleet management, said, "OPS came in on-time and on-budget with the first phase of implementation, so it was an easy decision for us to implement the system on our off-highway and industrial equipment. The OPS-1 implementation also gives us the ability to have an immediate impact on both the environment and our resource conservation goals, without having to wait months or even years for the real benefits to kick in. We view OPS as a trusted supplier working in partnership with the Casella team."

This agreement marks the second phase of Casella's OPS-1 implementation. The company outfitted more than 800 trucks in its fleet last year and quickly saw the benefits of the system in extending the life of the engines' oil, while also reducing the company's oil maintenance and consumption costs. The second phase of the implementation focused on off-highway and industrial engines used by landfills, transfer stations, and recycling centers.

Casella estimates that the use of the system on 1,000 of its vehicles and the resulting reduction in the use of engine lubricants will reduce the company's greenhouse gas emissions by over 26 metric tons of CO2 equivalents annually by avoiding the manufacturing, transportation and disposal of oil and oil filters.