Project Data - Decatur
The Decatur-Morgan County Landfill is a municipally-owned site with a 10 million ton waste capacity. The landfill site is approximately 270 acres and has operated since 1981, but prior to this project never had a comprehensive gas collection system in place. Through this project, methane emissions from the Decatur landfill are collected and piped to a near by steel plant where they are flared as a heat source in the steel production. The emission reductions are verified by an accredited third-party verifier using the Climate Action Reserve’s Landfill Project Protocol.
Methane emissions from landfills in the U.S. represent approximately 34% of total U.S. anthropogenic methane pollution, and The Mora Landfill is not currently required to install a gas collection and control system. The landfill’s capacity is below the level required for subject for review under New Source Performance Standards, meaning the landfill's emissions are below a level at which installation of a collection system is required.
The sales of the carbon offsets keeps the project from operating at a loss. All carbon offsets generated by the verified emission reductions are registered by the Climate Action Reserve and receive a unique serial number. This ensures that the carbon offsets are not double counted and, once retired, are not sold or transferred again.
How The Project Works
- Trash decomposes (or rots) in landfills, creating methane gas.
- Methane rises to the top of the landfill and is collected in pipes.
- The methane is burned to produce heat or generate electricity.
Landfill Methane Capture
The Climate Action Reserve’s Landfill Project Protocol
Climate Action Reserve