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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Gas from landfill helping to power waste firm trucks

From an article by Steve Sharp in the Watertown Daily Times:

JOHNSON CREEK - The operator of the massive Deer Track Park Landfill in the town of Farmington is continuing its exploration and implementation of new technologies to recover energy from waste stored at the site, as well as at others.

According to representatives of Waste Management, which operates the Deer Track Park Landfill, gas from a California landfill is being transformed into liquefied natural gas to power recycling and waste collection vehicles. This is a project a Waste Management of Wisconsin official said signals a growing national interest in harvesting renewable energy from everyday waste.

Waste Management, Inc., North America's largest waste services company, and Linde North America, a leading global gases and engineering company, announced this week that their joint venture company has begun producing clean, renewable vehicle fuel from gas recovered at Waste Management's Altamont Landfill near Livermore, Calif. The facility is North America's largest one converting landfill gas to liquefied natural gas.

In Wisconsin, Waste Management generates electricity from gas it collects at landfills it owns in Jefferson, Green Lake, Kenosha, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Rusk, Washington and Waukesha counties.

“The California project is a great example of how we can recover resources in waste, protect the environment and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels,” Todd Hartman, director of disposal operations overseeing Waste Management's landfills in Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula said. “The demand for green energy is leading us to innovative technologies for capturing the renewable energy that's as close as your kitchen trash can.”

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