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May 14

Landfill Powered Garbage Trucks

Posted in Energy Industry | Transportation | Waste to Energy

Garbage Truck The government of California is backing an initiative between the Linde Group and Waste Management to build a liquefied natural gas facility that will produce clean liquid fuel from landfill gas using minicipal waste incinerators. The facility is expected to open in 2009 and will produce up to 13,000 gallons of fuel per day. The ground-breaking project will be the largest of its kind and will enable California to tap into a valuable renewable source of clean energy while greatly reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.


Pat Murphy, president of Linde North America, said, “Linde and Waste Management are joining together to clean up our environment by capturing and reusing landfill gas for vehicle fueling, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30,000 tons per year. Linde is using its expertise in designing and developing LNG plants around the world to create a clean and sustainable energy solution for the residents of California.”

About Waste Management

Waste Management is a founding member of the Chicago Climate Exchange and the first solid waste company to join the California Climate Action Registry. In 2003, the company committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through increased recycling, the use of alternative transportation fuels, and the beneficial use of landfill gas. This project is also part of the company’s environmental sustainability initiative to double its waste-based energy production from the equivalent of 1 million to 2 million homes each year by 2020 as well as directing capital spending of up to $500 million per annum over a 10-year period to increase the fuel efficiency of its fleet by 15 percent and reduce fleet emissions by 15 percent by 2020 as well as investments in new technologies to enhance our business.

  • Bob Wallace

    Why not?

    I’m not aware of any downsides.

    You?

  • Tom Al

    I work in the landfill industry and I think this invention is very creative and worth expansion throughout the world.

  • Don Craig

    Good idea

  • PsYcH101

    Great idea, these are the kinds of things that will help our society.

  • abc

    I don’t quite understand: how do you use a waste incinerater to turn landfill gas into liquid fuel? Turning a gas into a liquid usually involves cooling, not incineration/combustion.

  • GREEK

    I think that abc is right. I didn’t even understand this point. If it is so, why don’t they capture the gases right from the beginning instead of using them from the landfills?


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