Yesterday’s trash is tomorrow’s electricity. Waste Management and MCE have ushered in a new era of power generation with the launch of a new landfill gas-to-energy plant. The state-of-the-art plant uses methane gas produced at the Redwood Landfill to power two reciprocating engines that generate electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This renewable energy source closes the loop on trash by turning a greenhouse gas, which was previously destroyed, into electricity. A sophisticated, multi-step scrubbing system removes carbon particulates, sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide, making this plant the first of its kind to be nearly emissions free. At $14.5 million, the plant reflects Waste Management’s commitment to finding environmentally sustainable solutions to its operations, and MCE’s goal to source 100% renewable energy as close to customers as possible.