Wewoka landfill development to fire brick plant kilns and reduce carbon emissions
WEWOKA, Okla. – October 12, 2011 – NativeEnergy, Commercial Brick Corporation, WCA Waste Corporation, and Enerdyne Power Systems plan to dedicate the Wewoka Biogas Project on Friday, October 21 at 11am. This project, which will begin operating shortly before the event, will pipe methane gas from a landfill to fire bricks at a nearby plant. It combines green gas and carbon financing to demonstrate yet again that environmental innovation can benefit businesses.
The Wewoka-based project will use methane gas produced by WCA Waste Corporation’s Sooner Landfill to fire kilns at Commercial Brick Corporation (CBC). Bob Hartsock, President of CBC, said the contract for the landfill gas will help the company remain competitive in a challenging market. As a major employer in Seminole County, the success of the business is crucial to hundreds of local residents.
The project is expected to reduce an average of 30,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution per year for 10 years. Several major companies—including eBay, Esurance, Designtex, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Eco-Products—have purchased NativeEnergy Help Build™ carbon offsets from the project. Through their purchases, they are providing critical upfront funding to the development of the project.
Jeff Bernicke, President of NativeEnergy, said: “Numerous businesses, large and small, from across the country are collaborating to bring this project online. It’s a great example of how carbon financing can deliver economic, social, and environmental benefits. After a record hot summer, we’re looking forward to celebrating the dedication of yet another project designed to mitigate climate change.”
Jerry Kruszka, President and COO of WCA Waste said, “This project reflects our commitment to deploying the gas generated by our landfills to a use that benefits the environment and the communities which we serve. We appreciate the efforts of Enerdyne, Commercial Brick and the other project participants in making this a value-added project.”
“This is a perfect example of how to make a small project work,” said William Brinker of Enerdyne, the project developer. “WCA Waste wanted the gas from their project to be put to beneficial use, and Commercial Brick was looking for a way to control their fuel costs. With the two properties adjoining, this was a perfect match! Thanks to the capital and carbon funding provided by NativeEnergy’s Help Build™ program, we were able to bridge the gap between all of the parties and build a successful project.”
NativeEnergy is a leading provider of verified carbon offsets and renewable energy credits. NativeEnergy’s Help Build™ carbon offsets help finance the construction of Native American, family farm, and community-based carbon reduction projects. For more information, visit www.nativeenergy.com.
About Enerdyne Power Systems, Inc.
Enerdyne finds creative ways to utilize landfill gas as a renewable fuel source in applications such as power generation and direct use (medium-BTU/high-BTU). Enerdyne is one of the most accomplished “Landfill Gas to Energy” developers on the East Coast. Learn more at www.enerdynepowersystems.com.
About WCA Waste Corporation
WCA Waste Corporation is an integrated company engaged in the transportation, processing and disposal of non-hazardous solid waste. The Company's operations consist of 25 landfills, 28 transfer stations/material recovery facilities, and 29 collection operations located throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The Company's common stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock
Market under the symbol "WCAA."
About Commercial Brick Corporation
Commercial Brick Corporation is one of the leading brick manufacturer’s in the United States. They serve a fifteen state area through its network of distributors and offer a wide variety of colors and textures on its kingsize clay brick. Learn more at www.commercialbrick.com.
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