Moreton Bay expanding landfill to green energy initiative

Moreton Bay expanding landfill to green energy initiative

Moreton Bay Region is continuing to try to drive-down its carbon footprint, approving a $1.2 million contract renewal to expand Council’s systems to convert more landfill gas into green energy.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the benefits of embracing green technology and innovation were a win-win for ratepayers, the environment and the longevity of our waste facilities.

“Large generators are used to capture the landfill gas and convert it into electricity, which Council profits from and in turn re-invests into waste management and recycling initiatives,” Mayor Flannery said.

“We’re contracting LGI Limited to construct an expanded gas collection system to help feed gas from six power generators, extending our five-year agreement with the company and ensuring we are adhering to State Government legislation to manage landfill gas appropriately.

Powering homes with clean energy

“It’s amazing, we’re literally using dormant landfill to power local homes by converting greenhouse gas into clean, renewable energy.

“Each year Moreton Bay residents produce 200,000 tonnes of rubbish, which is 200 full Olympic size swimming pools.

“When rubbish decomposes it releases methane; a greenhouse gas that’s 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide to the environment.

“Waste is a part of life, however we can all be better at choosing to reduce, reuse and recycle more household items to protect our precious environment.

“In all that we do, Council strives towards more sustainable environmental outcomes, especially when it comes to managing our region’s mammoth waste volumes.”

For more information about Council’s waste management, including free services and facilities, visit https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Waste-Recycling

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