City of Dallas to Develop Bioreactor at City's McCommas Landfill

Date: July 13, 2008

Source: News Room

City of Dallas officials are planning to construct as many as seven bioreactor cells on the city's McCommas landfill. The process which recirculates landfill leachate to accelerate and augment waste decomposition, could extend the life of the landfill by 100 years and produce enough methane to power 16,000 homes. Construction of the first cell is scheduled to begin in October. According to Ron Smith, assistant director of the city's sanitation department, "Even though it looks like we're just burying trash, it's really a huge science project." The city hopes to reap $30,000 to $50,000 per month from the sale of the power.

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