Landfill gas to power 5700 Canberra households

Electricity produced by four new landfill gas generators is set to power 5700 Canberra households.

The generators will be delivered through a contract with LGI Limited, capturing an estimated 37,000 megawatt hours per year.

The project follows the territory government’s launch of the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign, which aims to reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill, as well as the ACT-wide roll out of green bins to recycle organic material into compost.

“Each year, 140,000 tonnes of organic waste goes to landfill in the ACT, which in the anaerobic environment, turns into methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide,” Recycling and Waste Reduction Minister Chris Steel said.

“We want to reduce and recycle organic food waste to divert it from landfill, so that we can reduce these harmful waste emissions by 30 per cent.

“However, we also need to capture as much of the emissions created by other organic material that still ends up in landfill.”

Steel said the new project would increase the efficiency of the gas capture process, with approximately 15 per cent more energy generated.

“The benefits of these upgrades to the community are twofold. These generators allow the gas to be captured and used to create electricity to power homes and businesses, reducing emissions,” he said.

According to LGI Founder and Managing Director Adam Bloomer, the new facility is already making a significant contribution to the ACT’s renewable energy strategy, as well as increasing the territory’s carbon abatement activity.

It is estimated that energy supplied by the landfill will cut greenhouse gas emissions in the territory by 120,000 tonnes per year.

“I thank ACT stakeholders, including ACT NoWaste, Access Canberra, Evoenergy and Remondis for their involvement in the successful commissioning of the power station,” Bloomer said.

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