TreeHugger Picks: Landfill Gas, From Trash to Alternative Energy


Landfill gas (LFG) isn't quite as sexy as some other alternative energy sources like wind or solar; still, TreeHugger thinks its an important part of our collective renewable energy portfolio. Plus, it's cool that landfills (and the stuff that fills them) can do a little more than sit there and rot. Here are some of our picks for the things LFG can do.

1) This biodiesel plant was billed as the first "renewable energy plant to run on renewable energy".
2) FirmGreen is just one company helping turn gas into energy.
3) Capstone Turbine Corp. offer up an example of a smaller-scale alternative for places like farms and grocery stores.
4) Interface was the recipient of the US EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) "Energy Partner of the Year" award for their work to convert methane from a local landfill into renewable energy.
5) BMW is using LFG to power a paint plant, saving them upwards of $1 million per year. Not to be left out, GM now boasts the largest corporate use of landfill gas in the U.S.