Houston-based Waste Management and Will County, Ill., will jointly develop a landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) plant at the Prairie View Recycling and Disposal Facility near Wilmington, Ill. Waste Management will build and operate the facility, which is scheduled to begin operation around the end of 2010. Will County officials say the county anticipates contributing roughly $1 million in federal economic stimulus funds to the project.
Will County owns the Prairie View landfill, and Waste Management operates it under a long-term agreement.
“Landfill gas-to-energy plants are a source of reliable, clean, renewable energy,” said Steve Batchelor, vice president of Waste Management and market area manager, in a press release. “They provide an environmentally responsible way to harness the gas generated by the waste we all generate, and allow us to put it to good use as green power for our homes and businesses. This is another example of our commitment to Will County to be partners in progress concerning new and emerging technologies.”
In 2007, Waste Management announced a goal of adding 60 LFGTE plans by 2013, and the company says it is on target to meet that goal.
To read "Light It Up," Waste Age's February 2009 cover story on LFGTE projects, click here.