A local landfill is using garbage to "go green." That’s because decomposing waste produces a gas which is then converted into electricity.
“Modern day landfills are not dumps they are very highly engineered sites,”
Jeff Massey works at the Springhill Landfill located in Jackson County Florida. He says this facility is harvesting methane and turning it into power.
“Waste that comes through this landfill decomposes and as it decomposes methane is a byproduct of that decomposition,” said Massey.
It's a practice that landfills across the country are putting in place.
“It's not rare, it's not anymore private and public landfills are investing in this process,”
“Wells” collect the methane and transport it through an underground piping system to a plant.
“The challenge that we have is how to get it to the plant to create the electricity.
The plant actually has a big blower that has a vacuum and sucks the methane from underneath the hill from the garbage to the plant,”
The gas is then converted and sent out to the local power company
“I mean we're benefitting from a byproduct from our own existence. (Benefitting) from it everyday from stuff we throw away from our own house,” said Massey.
Massey says they're helping the environment because methane poses a serious threat to our atmosphere.
“Methane is a very volatile gas to our atmosphere; it has to be managed just like any other byproduct from any industry. Waste Management is an environmental company first and foremost, we're not a garbage company; we’re an environmental company,”
Springhill has been converting methane into electricity for almost four years now. The site produces enough methane to power 3,500 homes a day.