From Trash to Energy

Photo by Jeffery Beall; Flickr


Waste Management, a Houston company, will break ground this week on a $7 million methane gas recovery facility at Iowa’s biggest landfill in eastern Polk County. 

Metro Waste Authority’s Metro Park East Landfill will see their renewable fuel output nearly double. The facility in place now is operating a maximum capacity.

Waste Management uses massive engines to convert methane into electricity. The new plant will be powered by three, 20-cylinder Caterpillar engines that will produce 4.8 megawatts of energy.

Through the partnership, MWA receives a royalty of approximately $250,000 per year for access to the gas, according to MWA Executive Director Tom Hadden. With the new facility, Hadden expects that fee to reach $500,000.

To read more about Waste Management and their plans for the future, click here.

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