True Green Energy Group (TGEG); a corporation directed by Ronald Shane Flynn, holds the idea that a waste-free society is possible has been in existence for two years now in the green energy industry. It has been fortunate to be the sole green technology company duly registered under the laws of the Philippines and its Securities and Exchange Commission and holds a license to the Biosphere Technology from Global Environmental Energy Corporation through its partner; Spectrum Blue Steel Corporation (SBSC). Primarily, this clean technology firm seeks green and carbon offset solutions to treat municipal solid wastes and produce renewable energy comparable to Waste Management and Republic Services known in the green energy industry.
Waste Management and Republic Services are companies that took hint in the billion-a-year goldmine industry of garbage. This is a factual demonstration that there’s money in trash for collection of garbage by trucks itself cost 0,000 each to per-ton tipping fees from landfills. Imagine how more than half nearly of the 250 million tons of trash made in the United States each year reaches its final destination.
Contemporary landfill sites are now dubbed as technological wonders as they only costs million to build, work and maintain in a secured environmentally viable method. Once put up, they do well to generate income for their owners and produce economic abundance in the towns they are established. Garbage seems to have a second life from Landfill Natural Gas and Waste-To-Energy Technologies, as it is transformed into renewable green energy sources and helps in reducing and hopefully to eliminate the rising problems from dumpsites. Disposal area is a concern in Hawaii whereas land and energy are necessitated in waste-rich China which is remarkably significant for the said countries.
Here is a list of the top ten biggest landfills in America based on the amount of garbage they have or tons of garbage per day’s collection:
1. Roosevelt Regional Landfill located in Washington has 8,300 tons per day. Republic Services collects leachate and methane gas around the landfill through a system of pipes. During the decomposition process; leachate, the liquid formed in this stage is re-dispersed throughout the landfill causing quick decomposition and increasing methane production. This outstanding methane production gives off 10 megawatts of electrical power generation which eventually creates 52 megawatts of sufficient electricity for 30,000 homes.
2. Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site in Colorado collects 6,000- 8,000 tons per day. The site yields adequate energy to provide power for more than one million homes from Waste Management’s renewable energy projects. Beyond 13 million barrels of oil is saved from the recovery of landfill gas together with the power made from the conversion of solid waste from its waste-to-energy plants.
3. Columbia Ridge Landfill situated in Oregon accumulates 6,000–8,000 tons per day. Roughly almost half of Seattle Residents’ wastes are recycled while the 400,000 tons a year is shipped by train to Columbia Ridge where it undergoes decomposition and turns into methane gas which afterwards is burned to make electricity. The total production is enough to power more than 5, 600 homes.
4. Pine Tree Acres established in Michigan gathers 6,000 – 8,000 tons per day by Waste Management. On its landfill site is a methane recovery and power generation facility and collects landfill gas dynamically from 184 wells, extracting 5,000 cubic feet a minute which is directed to a landfill gas-to-energy facility that supplies power for more than 6, 500 homes.
5. Atlantic Waste Disposal in Virginia has a collection of 6,000 – 8,000 tons a day through Waste Management. Its 23 miles long landfill gas pipeline is the longest in the U.S. and connected to Atlantic Waste Disposal to Honeywell International’s plant in Hopewell, VA.
6. El Sobrante Landfill and Recycling Center at California obtains 6,000-8,000 tons a day through Waste Management. The El Sobrante Landfill and recycling Center has been operating three landfill gas-to-energy generators that converts methane gas into electricity and power 3,800 homes every day.
7. McCarty Road Landfill set in Texas operated by Republic Services. The said site helps generate steam energy for Anheuser-Busch brewery by the gas created from Houston’s McCarty Road landfill which is carried through a six-mile pipeline. It provides more than 55 percent of the brewery’s power plant fuel demand from the alternative fuel source.
8. Sunshine Canyon Landfill in California gets 8,400 tons per day by Republic Services. At the second quarter of this year alone, 52 additional landfill gas extraction wells, including replacement wells and 12 new landfill gas wells, were built in Sunshine to supplement the site’s gas control system.
9. Newton County Landfill & Apex Waste Center are the two biggest landfills operated by Republic Services. They share the title of America’s largest landfill, “with the most tons per day flip-flopping between the two virtually every month. Together, they haul in nearly 20 tons of garbage per day.”
Newton County Landfill in Indiana delivers 1,000 standard cubic feet per minute of landfill gas with 9,100 tons per day collection. Through Republic, it has been providing biogas for Urban Forest Recyclers who use it as an alternative fuel source to manufacture wholesale egg cartons. When the gas is compressed at the landfill, it is carried by a 1,800-foot pipeline to the facility.
10. Apex Regional Waste Management Center in Nevada holds the record with its 9,200 tons per day collection. Its Renewable Energy Generating Facility is said to be expected to operateby late 2011. Gas extracted from a series of wells and the use of a state-of-the-art turbine-generator by CC Landfill Energy will create renewable electricity for NV Energy customers.
Established institutions in this business of bringing green energy from gargantuan wastes like Republic Services and Waste Management can be considered as America’s stewards in sustaining an ecologically balanced environment for the future generation. Thus, TGEG under the leadership of Ronald Flynn finds inspiration from these conglomerates to persist in its advocacy and company vision in transforming municipal solid wastes into renewable energy in an international scale alongside Philippines.