Bioenergy

Waste Management Expands Landfill Gas Program

Waste Management Inc. announced that it plans to partner with private and municipal landfill owners to develop the country’s untapped landfill gas resources. Waste Management is one of the first in the waste management industry to launch such a program to develop landfill-gas-to-energy projects (LFGTE).

There are currently 445 LFGTE sites in operation across the country, but the U.S. EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) has identified 535 additional sites (out of 1,700 total operating landfills) as promising candidates for LFGTE facilities. Fully developed, LMOP estimates these additional landfills could have a total capacity of more than 1,200 MW.

Waste Management’s third-party LFGTE development team recently broke ground on a LFGTE facility at the municipal owned Madison County landfill near Syracuse, New York. Waste Management will develop a 1.4-megawatt (MW) LFGTE facility at the site.

“Waste Management pioneered landfill gas to energy technology over two decades ago, and we operate more of these facilities than any other company in North America,” said Paul Pabor, vice president of renewable energy at Waste Management. “As the largest operator of landfills, we understand how landfills operate and how best to leverage this valuable resource.”

Last year the company set a goal to develop up to 60 LFGTE projects at its landfills by 2012. To date the company has completed or launched the development of more than a dozen projects across North America. The program to develop partnerships with other private and municipally owned landfills furthers Waste Management’s commitment to generate waste based renewable power, the company said.