Municipalities Get Help To Capture Landfill Gas
McGuinty Government’s Investment Will Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases
Six municipalities across the province are getting help to design and construct methane collection systems at their landfill sites.
In June 2008, the province made it mandatory that landfills larger than 1.5 million cubic metres install methane collection systems by 2010. Landfill owners can either burn off the methane, reducing its global warming potential by 95 per cent, or use it to generate electricity to sell to the grid or use locally. The methane produced at landfill sites is a potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 21 times that of carbon dioxide.
The province has made money available to help municipalities offset some of the capital costs of a methane collection system and generating station.
The following municipalities with smaller landfill sites (under three million cubic metres) or limited remaining capacity will receive funding:
- Haldimand/Norfolk Counties
- City of Kawartha Lakes
- Township of Laurentian Valley
- Sault Ste. Marie
The City of Kawartha Lakes is also receiving funding for an electricity generating plant.
- Funding from the $10 million landfill gas program will be distributed over three years.
- Capturing landfill gas can improve local air quality and reduce odours.
“Mandating landfill gas collection is just one of our government’s climate change initiatives. When all new systems are combined with the systems already in place, Ontario landfills will be reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over four million tonnes per year.”