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A trash-transfer truck is connected to a time-fill compressed natural gas fueling station at the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority's transfer station complex on Harrisburg Pike.

The conversion of the county waste authority’s fleet of trash trucks from diesel to cleaner compressed natural gas is getting a boost, thanks to a $80,000 grant from the state.

And Gorman Distributors, a Columbia vending machine supplier, is getting a $36,795 grant to convert three cargo vans to CNG, saving the equivalent of burning 99,000 gallons of gas a year, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, which announced the clean energy vehicle grants.

The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority began converting its trash trucks to cheaper, cleaner CNG in 2013.

The latest grant will enable the authority to buy two CNG waste transfer trucks, saving the equivalent of 17,300 gallons of gasoline a year, according to DEP.

DEP said the awarding of $2.6 million for 16 clean energy vehicle projects around the state for alternative fuels will help improve air quality and public health.

“Reducing emissions helps lower the risks of health problems, such as asthma and lung disease, and climate change, such as flooding,” said Patrick McDonnell, DEP secretary.