Fact: When garbage decomposes in a landfill, it creates gas that contains about 50 percent methane.
Fact: According to the EPA, as of July 2014, at least 636 operational projects in 48 states generate nearly 2,000 megawatts of electricity per year and deliver enough renewable energy to power nearly 1.1 million homes and heat over 700,000 homes.
Fact: As of July 2014, EPA estimates that about 440 additional landfills currently are candidates for landfill-gas-to-energy projects, with the potential to produce enough electricity to power 500,000 homes.
Fact: The EPA estimates that using methane as a renewable, “green” energy instead of oil and gas has the annual environmental and energy benefits equivalent of:
- The GHG emissions from more than 33 million passenger cars; or
- Sequestering carbon from more than 22.1 million acres of pine or fir forests (that’s almost as big as a forest the size of West Virginia).
Fact: Several companies have achieved cost savings and long-term energy stability by switching to landfill-gas-to-energy to run their operations, including Honeywell, Dell, BMW, General Motors, Anheuser Busch, Mars and SC Johnson.