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Beneficial Use of
Landfill Gas

When organic material decomposes in an anaerobic environment such as a landfill, it naturally produces gases that include methane.

Landfill gas, or biogas, is recognized by the U.S. EPA as a renewable energy resource and is used beneficially as a fossil fuel alternative. WM captures landfill gas and turns it into renewable electricity and fuel at many of the active landfills we own or operate. Crucially, biogas is a form of “baseload” renewable energy, which means it can be used nearly continuously, unaffected by changes in weather or other variables. Today, WM operates the largest landfill gas-to-energy program in North America, generating five times more renewable electricity from our landfills than we use as a company.

Beyond electricity generation, we are also a leader in converting landfill gas into natural gas fuels that are distributed for use in residences, businesses and commercial vehicles, including our own.

WM generates 5X more renewable electricity from our landfills than we use in our operations

We are continually looking for opportunities to develop projects that enable landfill gas to be beneficially used as renewable electricity or renewable fuel, including nitrogen rejection technologies and new forms of carbon capture. Proximity and accessibility to energy infrastructure makes projects more cost effective. While larger landfills tend to have greater potential, smaller landfills can also support beneficial use projects.

WM Landfill Gas Project Locations

See the locations by clicking below.

WM Landfill Gas Project Locations

* Indicates more than one location in the same town

Gas to Industrial Customers

Piedmont, AL

Ragland, AL

Campbellton, FL

Baton Rouge, LA

Frederic, MI

Harrison, MI

Maple City, MI

Zeeland, MI

Sugar Creek, MO

Houston, MS

Pass Christian, MS

Bennington, NE

Watford, ON

Pine Grove, PA

Somerset, PA

Wellsboro, PA

Ste-Sophie, QC

Dorchester, SC

Elgin, SC

Charles City, VA

Glenns, VA

Jetersville, VA

King George, VA

Waverly, VA

Berlin, WI

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Renewable Electricity

Jacksonville, AR

Springdale, AR

Surprise, AZ

Livermore, CA

Novato, CA

Aurora, CO

New Milford, CT

Campbellton, FL

Naples, FL

Pompano Beach, FL

Dry Branch, GA

Savannah, GA

Valdosta, GA

Lake Mills, IA

Mitchellville, IA

Beecher, IL

Calumet City, IL

Davis Junction, IL

East Peoria, IL

Elgin, IL

Naperville, IL

South Elgin, IL

Taylorville, IL

Wilmington, IL

Danville, IN

Elkhart, IN

Logansport, IN

Michigan City, IN

Monticello, IN

Portland, IN

Winslow, IN

Wyatt, IN

Renewable Electricity

Topeka, KS

Irvine, KY

Morehead, KY

Chicopee, MA

Granby, MA

Taunton, MA

Westminster, MA

Norridgewock, ME

Birch Run, MI

Harrison, MI

Lennon, MI*

New Haven, MI*

Orion, MI*

Elk River, MN

Glencoe, MN

Houston, MS

Kernersville, NC

Bennington, NE

Rochester, NH

Virginia City, NV

Boonville, NY

Chaffee, NY

Fairport, NY

Lincoln, NY

Riga, NY

Geneva, OH

Glenford, OH

New Springfield, OH

Carp, ON

Petrolia, ON

Arlington, OR

McMinnville, OR

Renewable Electricity

Erie, PA

Greencastle, PA

Morrisville, PA

Newburg, PA

Pen Argyl, PA

Pine Grove, PA

Taylor, PA

Washington, PA

Drummondville, QC

Elgin, SC

Wellford, SC

Camden, TN

Heiskell, TX

Aledo, TN

Alvin, TX

Aledo, TX

Austin, TX

Cleveland, TX

Lewisville, TX

New Braunfels, TX

San Antonio, TX

The Colony, TX

Charles City, VA

Glenns, VA

Hampton, VA

Jetersville, VA

King George, VA

Waterbury, VT

Berlin, WI

Bristol, WI

Franklin, WI

Menomonee Falls, WI

Watertown, WI

Weyerhaeuser, WI

Whitelaw, WI

Renewable Natural Gas

Livermore, CA

Conley, GA

East Saint Louis, IL

Shawnee Mission, KS

Louisville, KY

Belleville, MI

Three Rivers, MI

Dayton, OH

Waynesburg, OH

Cairnbrook, PA

Davidsville, PA

Irwin, PA

Monroeville, PA

Vintondale, PA

Ferris, TX

Humble, TX