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By Eric Florip.  
Columbian transportation & environment reporter
Published: September 12, 2013 

Normally, buying four new yard debris trucks isn't cause for celebration at Waste Connections Inc. Normally, those trucks don't run without a drop of diesel fuel. But the latest additions are something different — the vehicles rolled out locally last month are fueled by the county's first compressed natural gas fueling station. Waste Connections officials and local leaders dedicated one of the new trucks Thursday at the company's hauling facility in the Five Corners area off Northeast 94th Avenue. As the specially equipped truck started up next to the fueling station, the gathering took note of one benefit some residents may have noticed already during their morning pick-up. "They're quieter," said Chris Thomas, Waste Connections' district manager. "They're noticeably quieter."

Full article: Waste Connections debuts natural-gas-fueled trucks

Friday June 1st 2012

Watch what Environmental Services Superintendent Steve Funk has to say about alley collection with their Expert Dual Helping-Hand and how it benefits the city and its residents. The City of Plano has been utilizing automated collection for the past 15 years and they were no more secret about automation for Environmental Services Superintendent Steve Funk until Equipment Southwest demoed an Expert Dual Helping-Hand to the city in the summer of 2010 and again in March 2011. The City saw the huge potential that a Dual Helping-Hand had to offer for alley collection and have since purchased two for their fleet. After using the Labrie Dual Helping-Hand trucks in Plano’s alleys for several months, “we have noticed a 10 -20 % increase in cart/hour productivity, we have reduced driven mileage and wear & tare on the truck such as tire replacement, cost to service and breaks changes. Since safety has always been a priority in our city, reducing collection time in an alley by 50% makes it much safer for resident and their kids and pets and we’ve noticed less wear & tare done by the truck in our alleys”, says Funk.

Full article: City of Plano, Texas speaks highly about its Expert Dual Helping-Hand truck.


Effective immediately, Skip Berg will join Labrie Enviroquip Group as the National Sales Manager. Skip previously held the position of Sales Manager and Director of Business Development for Labrie from 1998 to 2008. Since that time, he has been the President of Environmental Strategies LLC, a sales management and strategic planning resource for the waste and recycling industries. Recently, Labrie was acquired by a subsidiary of Myers Power Products, a diversified industrial manufacturer headquartered in Ontario, California