Idaho solid waste district approves plans for gas-to-energy facility at landfill

By Cole Rosengren, Waste Dive.

Dive Brief:

  • The Southern Idaho Solid Waste District has announced plans for a $7.8 million gas-to-energy project at the Milner Butte Landfill in the city of Burley, as reported by the Times-News.
  • The site receives 800 to 900 tons of waste per day from surrounding municipalities. Two 1.3 megawatt generators will be installed to start, followed by a third within the next five years, to potentially generate enough electricity for up to 5,000 homes.
  • Officials estimate that the system will generate $31 million in revenue over the course of its 20-year energy purchase contract. This will leave the district with an estimated $7 million to $8 million in revenue.