May 2008

Waste Management opens facility at Hampton’s landfill

Waste Management, Inc. opened its latest waste-based renewable energy facility at the company’s Bethel Landfill. The “green” energy produced from the landfill gas will provide power for the service area of the landfill and beyond through the electrical transmission grid.

The landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) facility at the Bethel Landfill will produce 4.8 megawatts of green electricity, which will produce enough energy to power more than 4,700 homes. The plant is the first such facility in Virginia for Waste Management as a solo venture. In the Commonwealth, the company has plans to construct two more landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) plants - at their landfill in King George County and the Middle Peninsula Landfill in Gloucester County - together they will generate an additional 19.2 megawatts of green electricity, enough to power more than 20,000 homes.

The landfill will produce gas for the power plant for the next several decades and continue even after the landfill no longer accepts waste.