Waste Management has announced an impressive scheme for utilizing landfill gas which would otherwise contribute to climate change to a much greater extent than combusting the methane in the landfill gas as proposed than would be the case if it was allowed to flow into the atmosphere.
It is crazy that landfill gas is be allowed to vent to atmosphere anywhere in the United States, and I understand that some states do already require all landfills to at least be fitted with a flare to burn the gas to waste heat if it is not used.
When good money can be made from investing in landfill gas to energy schemes as proposed here, why are any landfill’s being left to harmfully vent biogas to the atmosphere?
Isn’t it time that national action was taken by the US on this? After all, they would only be catching up with practice throughout Europe which has been in place for 10 years or more in most EU nations:
“”Waste Management is committed to the investments and innovative technology required to bring a state-of-the-art facility like this to Macomb County …
LENOX, Mich., June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –Â “
We would be delighted to read your views on why the US allows so much energy go to waste, and in doing that unnecessarily increases their emissions of climate change and greenhouse effect increasing emissions. Please give your comment below.
Landfill gas energy from waste schemes create local jobs for skilled tradespeople, plus the electricty produced is used locally and benefits the community in many other ways.