Republic Services’ landfills aren’t just collecting trash, they can also produce renewable energy. Today, we’re capturing landfill gas and converting it to electricity and fuel. We also are utilizing closed landfills to generate solar electricity. Through these efforts, we’re converting previously unused resources into power for homes, businesses and vehicles – including our own collection trucks.
Republic operates gas-to-energy projects at 68 of our landfills. We call these landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) projects. This process involves collecting methane, a byproduct of the normal decomposition of waste, from below the landfill surface and routing it to a series of engines. These engines convert the methane into electricity, which can be distributed to the local power grid.
By, 3BL Media