The power of trash

McMinnville and Arlington landfills will use methane gas from garbage to create electricity.

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Two $10 million “biogas” plants are breaking ground at landfills in McMinnville and Arlington. The plants will be used to convert methane gas from garbage into electricity, producing enough wattage to supply thousands of McMinnville and Seattle homes with power.

The plants take methane, one of the heaviest contributors to global warming, and convert it into a clean form of energy.

Methane gas has 23 times the potency of carbon dioxide, molecule for molecule, when it comes to trapping heat and contributing to global warming. Waste Management is required by regulators to capture the methane gas from the two landfills, then “flare it” – essentially burning it before it escapes into the atmosphere.

Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.

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