When waste decomposes, it produces carbon dioxide, and under certain conditions, the more potent greenhouse gas methane. When these gases reach the atmosphere, they contribute to climate change. This problem is especially significant in landfills, where large amounts of waste are concentrated and converted to methane.
In fact, according to the U.S. EPA, municipal solid waste landfills are the second largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States.
Luckily, this normally harmful gas can be harnessed and used as beneficial renewable energy. NativeEnergy works with waste facilities—including landfills and wastewater treatment plants—to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and install electric generation capabilities.