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Trash power? U.S. communities use landfills to produce energy

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Feb 25, 2010
07:20 AM

A tractor sorts garbage at the Altamont Landfill in Livermore, Calif. Waste Management, a Houston-based company that runs the landfill, is using 100 wells with black tubes to vacuum up methane from the trash and convert it to liquid natural gas to power its garbage-collecting trucks.
By Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

More communities in the United States are turning trash into power.

Nationwide, the number of landfill gas projects, which convert methane gas from rotting garbage into power, jumped from 399 in 2005 to 519 last year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. To see a list of them, click here.