Landfill Gas Becomes Energy

The town of Severn, Maryland has converted the Millersville landfill to a gas-to-energy facility. Landfill Energy Systems is responsible for the design and construction of the 3.2 megawatt power plant.  The new facility will provide electrical power to an average of two thousand homes in Anne Arundel County.

The new facility generates electricity with previously collected and burned methane and reduces the community’s reliance on coal and crude oil as energy sources. The plant has created new employment opportunities and it is estimated that the reduced emissions is the equivalent of removing five thousand vehicles from the road.

Landfill Energy Systems is responsible for forty energy producing power plants and operates in forty-five landfills in sixteen states. They are responsible for producing more than two hundred megawatts of renewable natural gas and electricity annually.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Is your municipality doing all it can to reduce its dependence on non-renewable energy and explore opportunities that are reliable and sustainable? Take a look at your local landfill and see what possibilities exist to help the environment and the members of your community!