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Carbon Offsets Pay for Landfill Gas to Fire Bricks in Oklahoma – Waste Management World

A project in Wewoka, Oklahoma will use landfill gas to fuel a nearby brick factory, reducing approximately 30,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution per year in the process.


The project is being financed by eBay, Esurance, Designtex, Ceres, Brighter Planet, and College of the Atlantic through the purchase of NativeEnergy's Help Build carbon offsets.

The project developer is landfill gas to energy specialist, Enerdyne Power Systems and the landfill is owned by Sooner Landfill, LLC, a subsidiary of WCA Waste Corporation and WCA of Oklahoma, LLC.

NativeEnergy is a provider of verified carbon offsets and renewable energy credits. NativeEnergy's Help Build carbon offsets help finance construction of Native American, family farm, and community-based carbon reduction projects.

Wells will be installed at the Wewoka landfill to capture the gas which will be delivered through a half-mile pipeline to the Commercial Brick Corporation's kilns.

Bob Hartsock, President of Commercial Brick Corporation, said the favorable long-term contract for the gas from the landfill will pay for the investment to retrofit the burners in his kilns and help the company remain competitive in a challenging market.

Jeff Bernicke, President of NativeEnergy, noted: “This project shows that well-planned environmental initiatives can deliver local economic and social benefits too. We're pleased to play a central role in this project and are thankful for the substantial participation of key customers.”

eBay, Esurance, Designtex, Ceres, Brighter Planet, and College of the Atlantic have already made significant purchases of carbon offsets from the project.

By purchasing NativeEnergy's Help Build carbon offsets the companies are providing upfront funding to the project and in return they will receive a share of the project's long-term verified carbon reductions.

The Wewoka Biogas Project is NativeEnergy's fiftieth Help Build project. (

William Brinker, Vice President and Operations Manager of Enerdyne, said:

“This is a perfect example of how to make a small project work. WCA Waste wanted the gas from their project to be put a beneficial use, and Commercial Brick was looking for a way to control their fuel costs. With the two properties adjoining, this was a perfect match! Thanks to the capital and carbon funding provided by NativeEnergy's Help Build program, we were able to bridge the gap between all of the parties and build a successful project.” 

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