In 2021 the Portland General Electric Company (PGE) awarded the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition (CWCC) $675,218 for their proposal to deploy the State of Oregon’s first all-electric truck – an electric garbage truck with the City of Roses Disposal & Recycling (COR). COR is a family-owned and operated local Portland materials management company. COR collects waste and/or discarded debris that are typically disposed of and converts them into reusable resources and products. The project is not just a one-truck deployment but rather the jumpstart of a greater electrification plan for the City of Roses fleet. The project is funded by the recurring PGE Drive Change Fund, which itself is funded by the proceeds PGE creates by selling carbon credits it generates under the Oregon Clean Fuels Program – only the second such program in the country that uses free-market mechanisms to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels used within the state. In total, the project deploys one heavy-duty, class-8 electric refuse truck, with COR providing matching funds to install both a DC fast charger for the truck and two publicly-available Level II vehicle chargers. CWCC provides and coordinates workforce training to ensure the successful deployment and continued operation of the truck and chargers. COR is a family-owned and local Portland materials management company. COR collects waste and/or discarded debris that are typically disposed of and converts them into reusable resources and products. A certified B-Corp with a highly diverse workforce, COR is proud to operate as the first waste company in the United States fully owned by African Americans. An industry leader in the removal, salvage and recovery of construction and demolition debris, COR is a sustainable business serving residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the Portland Metropolitan Area. The project was unveiled and the first all-electric garbage truck hit the streets of Portland on November 5, 2023.
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