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Garbage goes green



A landfill that produces energy and serves as a nature preserve. Or so the news release says.

UPDATE: This note from Audubon Arkansas:

Everything you reported in your blog is accurate and I appreciate the comments from your readers.  What has not been said is that the conservation project with WM is in the headwaters of Bayou Meto.  Although the restoration project area is relatively small, less than 60 acres, we actually have a chance to remove sediment and erosion from a larger area before of 200+ acres before the sediment enters the Bayou through a system of restored pools, riffles, and wetlands with bottomland hardwoods, bald cypress, and tupelo. Wading birds (herons and egrets) and marshland birds (rails, sparrows) should benefit from the wetland work.   The rest of the WM property, the area not actively being used for a landfill, will be managed for native grasses, thus providing habitat for grassland birds, one of the nation’s most threatened group of species.  Audubon saw the project with WM as an opportunity to develop a community-based conservation project that no other state or federal entity would be able or willing to do.  We have not come up with alternatives to landfills (other than recycling every piece of waste), so with that said, how do you develop a landfill in a way that can provide real wildlife habitat benefit? 

Ken Smith

State Director, Audubon


Waste Management to Dedicate Arkansas’ First Landfill Gas to Energy Plant and
Announce New Partnership with Audubon Arkansas

Senator Blanche Lincoln, Governor Mike Beebe and Congressman Vic Snyder Scheduled to Attend Event

State and local leaders will join Waste Management executives on Tuesday, August 12, 9:30 am at the Two Pine Landfill to officially dedicate Arkansas’ first and only landfill gas-to-energy plant. This plant is part of Waste Management’s sustainable commitment to Arkansas as well as North America, unveiled this past October as part of Waste Management’s 2020 plan.

Additionally, Waste Management officials will announce a new first-of-its-kind partnership with Audubon Arkansas.

What:       Landfill Gas to Energy Plant Dedication and Announcement of New Partnership                                                                                                         with Audubon Arkansas

When:      Tuesday, August 12 at 9:30 am

Where:     Two Pine Landfill
                  100 Two Pine Drive
                  North Little Rock, AR  72117

Who:        Senator Blanche Lincoln
                 Governor Mike Beebe  
                 Congressman Vic Snyder
                 Waste Management Executives
                 Arkansas Audubon Director Ken Smith


The Two Pine Landfill gas-to-energy plant is a 4.8 megawatt facility, providing power for approximately 4,500 homes in North Little Rock. Consisting of six large engines, it was constructed in 2006 and recently achieved full generation. The engines are powered by methane gas, which forms in the landfill as a result of the decomposition of waste.

Approximately two years ago, Waste Management and Audubon Arkansas began discussions regarding the development of a wildlife management plan for the Two Pine Landfill. This first-of-its-kind program between Waste Management and Audubon Arkansas has the potential to expand to other Waste Management landfills.  At Tuesday’s event, Waste Management officials and leaders from Audubon Arkansas will unveil the vision for Two Pine Landfill.

This past April, Waste Management received the state’s approval to expand the Two Pine Landfill. In the coming years, Waste Management plans to build an additional landfill gas-to-energy plant in the expanded landfill area.

These two projects are part of the company’s environmental sustainability initiative. Waste Management has committed to the following actions by 2020: doubling its waste based energy generation from the equivalent of generating enough energy for one million to two million homes, quadrupling the number of its sites certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council to 100 as well as set aside 25,000 acres for conservation, nearly tripling the amount of recyclables it manages to 20 million tons; and reducing its vehicle fleet emissions by 15 percent and increasing fuel efficiency by 15 percent.

Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Our subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. We are also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. Our customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America.

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