The Landfill Gas-to-Energy project exemplifies the Authority’s commitment to innovation and sustainable waste management. Methane is collected from one closed landfill within Middlesex County — the ILR, a privately owned Landfill – and the Middlesex County Landfill.
The methane, a greenhouse gas naturally occurring from decomposing waste, is transported via a network of pipelines to the Electric Power Generating Facility in Sayreville. There the gas is turned into 16 megawatts of electrical energy. The recycled energy is then used to power MCUA’s Wastewater Treatment operations in Sayreville.
The project eliminates nearly all of the methane being released into the environment from the landfills and delivers cost savings for the Authority and, ultimately, for Middlesex County residents. The Landfill Gas-to-Energy project is yet another way the Authority is committed to reducing the environmental impact of waste disposal and improving the quality of life of Middlesex County residents.