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Washington State Landfill Turns Trash to Natural Gas

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Roosevelt, Washington hosts a large landfill, which is the source of pipeline-quality natural gas — enough for 19,000 homes to operate furnaces, stoves and water heaters daily. 

In other parts of the country the natural gas is produced by fracking, but in this small hamlet it is generated from underground decay of food scraps, yard clippings, paper and other materials mixed in with the trash.

Puget Sound Energy has signed a 20-year contract with the landfill and by 2024 they will purchase all the output from the plant.  

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