From Eyesore to Energy Source

Gases that emanate from decomposing garbage provide a reliable and renewable fuel option that remains untapped at many landfills across Connecticut.

 

Landfill gas forms when organic waste in a landfill naturally decomposes. It is about 50 percent methane, the primary component of natural gas, and about 50 percent carbon dioxide, with a small amount of non-methane organic compounds included.

 

Landfill gas energy projects are a cost-effective and readily available way to reduce air pollution by replacing conventional energy sources such as coal and oil. Such conversion projects also help reduce unpleasant odors and explosion threats associated with landfill gas emissions, and help prevent methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from entering the atmosphere.