Landfill owners hope to see gas from dump
By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Every day 2,500 cubic feet of methane gas is drawn through a network of wells and pipes drilled into the Mountain View Reclamation landfill and wastefully burned off.
Now Waste Management, owner of the landfill on Letzburg Road, wants to sell the methane the landfill generates to a company that will build an on-site package power plant. Methane from the landfill would fuel a generator that would make electricity for sale to a utility company, said Mark E. Harlacker, division manager for Waste Management.
He said four Waste Management-owned landfills in Pennsylvania sell their methane gas. Another company-owned landfill in the state uses its methane to boil off the leachate that comes out of the landfill.
"There are a number of uses for landfill gas," Harlacker said. "Some is piped to industry for heat or to make steam. Methane is classified as green energy."