Largest Disposal Sites in the U.S

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Without waste landfills, will American wonder where to throw away over 250 million tons of trash each year? Landfills have become a further source of alternative energy. Thanks to technological marvels, electricity is generated from landfill gases and sold to businesses and municipalities.


Situated in Oregon, the Columbia Ridge Landfill accumulates 6,000 - 8,000 tons per day. About 400,000 tons a year is trained and shipped to Columbia Ridge where it decomposes into methane gas. Afterward, gas is burned to make electricity.


Tons Per Day: 6,000-8,000 Remaining Life: More than 20 years

Tons Per Day: 6,000 - 8,000

Remaining Life: More than 20 years


A system of pipes helps collect leachate and methane gas at the Roosevelt Regional Landfill. The current production of methane provides 10 megawatts of electrical power.


Tons Per Day: 8,300 Remaining Life: 51.5 years

Tons Per Day: 8,300

Remaining Life: 51.5 years


The Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site is located at 3500 South Gun Club Road, Aurora. The site is operated by Waste Management of Colorado, Inc. This solid waste landfill accepts municipal solid waste, asbestos waste, and construction debris. Renewable energy projects at the site generate enough energy to power over one million homes.


Tons Per Day: 6,000-8,000 Remaining Life: More than 20 years

Tons Per Day: 6,000 - 8,000

Remaining Life: More than 20 years


The owners of the Pine Tree Acres landfill took a step to convert methane gas emanating from the trash heap into electricity.


Tons Per Day: 6,000-8,000 Remaining Life: More than 20 years

Tons Per Day: 6,000 - 8,000

Remaining Life: More than 20 years


Sunshine Canyon Landfill handles the waste disposal needs of Los Angeles City and Country businesses and residents. The site was installed additional landfill gas extraction wells to augment its gas control system.


Tons Per Day: 8,400 Remaining Life: 35.2 years

Tons Per Day: 8,400

Remaining Life: 35.2 years


Steam energy which the Anheuser-Busch brewery uses is generated from gas from McCarty Road landfill.


Tons Per Day: 7,200 Remaining Life: 37.9 years

Tons Per Day: 7,200

Remaining Life: 37.9 years


The pipeline which connects Atlantic Waste Disposal to Honeywell International’s plant in Hopewell, is known as America’s longest landfill gas pipeline for its length of 23 miles.


Tons Per Day: 6,000-8,000 Remaining Life: More than 20 years

Tons Per Day: 6,000 - 8,000

Remaining Life: More than 20 years

 

 

Related links:

How Landfills Can Provide Energy

Landfills and Water Contamination

Recycle and Reduce Hideous Landfills

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This article was published on 2011/03/09
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