|The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires landfills to monitor and properly manage landfill gas, a natural by-product of waste decomposition. Rumpke chooses to process the gas as a means to create energy from waste at two of its landfills, thus making the waste useful to the general public.
Landfill Gas Recycling in Ohio
Montauk Energy Capital operates three methane gas recovery facilities at Rumpke Sanitary Landfill near Cincinnati. The plants convert the methane gas into natural gas energy. The first landfill gas recovery facility at Rumpke Sanitary Landfill opened in 1986, the second plant opened in 1995 and the third plant opened in 2007. The facilities have the potential to recover approximately 15 million standard cubic feet of landfill gas daily, making the recovery operation the largest landfill gas-to-direct-pipeline facility in the world. The plants combine to provide enough natural gas energy for about 25,000 homes and businesses. The natural gas is distributed by Duke Energy Corp.
Landfill Gas Recycling in Kentucky
The East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) operates methane gas recovery facilities at Rumpke's Pendleton County Landfill. The plant opened in 2007 and generates renewable electricity. The facility recovers enough methane gas to provide energy for more than 2,000 homes.