Ademonstration of a dimethyl ether-fueled tractor has commenced with New York City’s Department of Sanitation. The DSNY will run the vehicle at the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, New York, and evaluate performance and overall drivability.

If produced from organic waste, DME could effectively reduce waste stream to the landfill. DME fuel, which is approved for use in all 50 states, delivers the same performance as diesel and burns cleanly without producing any soot, she said. DME emits zero soot, which can lead to substantial health improvements in areas where air quality is a high concern.

The test is the first step in the city’s evaluation of both DME trucks and DME fuel as a potential long-term strategy to help greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to achieve the city’s goal of sending no waste to its landfill by 2030.

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