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US Still Waking Up To Landfill Gas Utilisation Profits

Landfill gas could help Rockingham earn $1 million per year (The Associated Press)  

WENTWORTH, N.C. Rockingham County could generate $1 million annually by capturing the methane gas emitting from its unused landfills, according to a study produced for county commissioners.

Energy researchers from Appalachian State University found that the county, a mostly rural area bordering the Virginia line, could earn $300,000 annually from its already-closed landfills and up to $1 million per year when another landfill closes in several years.

Rachel Goldstein, program manager for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Landfill Outreach Program, said recent energy crunches have encouraged companies and governments to capture the potential of the landfill gas.

Several companies and governments in North Carolina already use the gas, including those in Greensboro, Winston Salem, Wake County and Mecklenburg County. Rockingham County, which is far less populated than those areas, is now looking at the technology.

“It just blew me away when I was originally reading that report,” County Manager Tom Robinson said of the potential revenue source. Read more at the Associated Press Web Site.

The Waster’s view: Everyone has been saying for so long that landfill gas extraction and utilisation is now highly profitable once the gas collection systems have been installled for flaring, as required by the regulatory authorities in most nations, that it seems surprising that the word has still not apparently, until now, fully penetrated the US waste management scene.

Next time a landfill gas specialist tells me that he has no more new sites to install systems into and that the “low hanging fruit in landfill gas is all-gone”, I know what I am going to say!

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