Waste Management’s Riverbend Landfill To Produce Energy

Waste Management and McMinnville Water & Light broke ground this week on Waste Management’s new waste-to-energy plant at the company’s Riverbend landfill west of McMinnville, Oregon. The US $10 million project will work by collecting methane gas, created from the natural decomposition of waste, from the landfill through a network of underground pipes.

From there, the gas will be used to power engines, which will then generate electricity on-site for sale to McMinnville Water & Light. It is expected to be operational in mid-2010, and if the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners approves Riverbend’s application to expand, it will generate energy for McMinnville over the next 30-50 years.

“Our groundbreaking ensures that not even garbage will go to waste,” said George Duvendack, Riverbend’s district manager. “By investing in landfill-gas-to-energy, we are developing clean and renewable energy to power homes and advance sustainability in our community.”

Waste Management pioneered landfill-gas-to-energy technology over two decades ago. Today the company owns or operates 111 landfill-gas-to-energy facilities in North America and plans on having more than 160 in operation by 2012.

Waste Management is also developing a similar energy plant at its Columbia Ridge Landfill, located in Arlington, Oregon, which is expected to go on-line later this year.

RenewableEnergyWorld.com toured a similar Waste Management facility earlier this year. Play the video below to hear more about that project, the ECOline project, which was developed in concert with the University of New Hampshire.

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