We are deeply committed to ensuring a clean and safe environment for all. In fact, we consider environmental stewardship of utmost importance and believe that our true business is making the world a clean and greener place to live, work and play.
Our commitment runs deep, literally. Our landfills are impressive engineering structures that offer the environment state-of-the-art protection while providing a vital service to governments, businesses and individuals alike. Our landfills are managed and operated correctly so that they are true assets to their communities and are backed by positive environmental records and significant civic involvement.
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We operate transfer stations in the majority of our markets to serve as consolidation centers for solid waste. Traditional collection vehicles transfer and consolidate their waste to large tractor-trailers for long-distance trips to an Advanced Disposal landfill. This allows solid waste collection vehicles to do what they do best – serve our customers in a timely manner while reducing travel distances, alleviating traffic congestion and minimizing air emissions.
LANDFILL GAS TO ENERGY
Converting landfill gas to energy is an effective way to recycle and reuse a valuable resource. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has endorsed landfill gas as an environmentally friendly energy resource that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels such as coal and oil.
As landfill cells are completed, methane gas, a by-product of any decomposing material, is pumped out of the landfill through a system of wells and pipelines into a separate on-site treatment facility. The facility captures the landfill gas (containing about 50 percent methane) and destroys the landfill gas, thus preventing it from escaping into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas. We’re doing this on a voluntary basis – Advanced Disposal is an active participant in landfill gas to energy projects at our landfills and will continue to look for smart solutions for solving community needs.