Landfill gas – Turning trash into clean energy – How Edmonton’s landfill powers 4,600 homes

Not many people give thought to what happens to their trash once it is placed in the curbside bin. They think of landfills as the old dry tomb polluting places of old. But landfills are quickly becoming centres of innovation when it comes to turning what we throw away into clean energy. Edmonton has had a landfill gas operation since 1992 and it was the first in Western Canada to turn old garbage into a new resource – clean energy. In fact most places that have green energy requirements utilize landfill gas to energy to meet those requirements and it is the least expensive form of green energy we have available on the planet today. Its funny that there are some people out there today that still promote zero landfill waste. Knowing that waste is converted into clean energy is innovative and futuristic.