The Glendale City Council has agreed to study the idea of adding an anaerobic digestion facility to the Scholl Canyon Landfill.
The 535-acre Scholl Canyon Landfill opened in 1961. At its peak, 1,400 tons of trash were trucked there daily, but recent waste-reduction efforts have lowered that volume to 700 tons a day.
The Los Angeles Times has the details on the feasibility study:
A six-month study will be conducted by Waste Resources Inc. and OWS, Inc. to examine the feasibility of implementing an anaerobic digester, a technology that breaks down organic waste into methane.
"It will give us a much more potent methane gas that we can later decide what to do with," City Manager Scott Ochoa told council members.
Those options range from using it to generate electricity at Grayson Power Plant to selling it for profit and flaring it, which basically means venting it into the air while meeting legal environmental standards, said Steve Zurn, general manager of Glendale Water & Power.