By Megan Greenwalt, Waste 360.
International automaker Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc.’s partnership with Waste Services of the Bluegrass (WSB) to generate power for its facility from local landfill waste came online last month, marking the region’s first business-to-business landfill gas-to-energy initiative.
“The methane gas from the landfill will be directly burned in the generator,” says Chris Adkins, energy management specialist for Toyota Motors Manufacturing, Kentucky.
According to WSB’s website, up to 100 percent of the methane gas captured at Central Kentucky Landfill in Georgetown, Ky., will be purchased by Toyota, which estimates the locally generated gas will supply enough power each year for the production of 10,000 vehicles. The plant manufactures two hybrid models and has been a zero waste to landfill facility since 2006.