Basin Disposal is converting its fleet of more than 70 garbage trucks from diesel to natural gas, and opening up its fueling station to other businesses.
Basin Disposal owner Darrick Dietrich decided to make the switch because of intense federal maintenance regulations required for diesel trucks, said Debbie Bone-Harris, spokeswoman for the Franklin Public Utility District, one of Basin Disposal's customers.
Converting to natural gas will save money and reduce emissions by 50 percent.
The natural gas fueling station also will be open to customers such as the cities of Pasco and West Richland, as well as trucks passing through town.
Basin Disposal, as well as the Pasco Chamber of Commerce and Cascade Natural Gas, will have a ribbon cutting event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at 2021 N. Commercial Drive in Pasco.
Bone-Harris said that more than 150 people, including state legislators, are planning to attend.