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Landfill Gas

Anchorage Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project

How to turn trash into electricity

Residential and commercial garbage is collected throughout the MOA and disposed at the Anchorage Regional Landfill (ARL).  

During the decomposition, organic matter emits a powerful gas. The gas is chilled to remove moisture before being delivered to a power plant at ARL.

 

The chilled gas is then burned by 5 engines, creating 7 mega-watts of electricity for JBER's Fort Richardson!

The ARL landfill gas to energy project won a Silver Achievement Award from the Solid Waste Assoc. of North America (SWANA).

Benefits of the project

  • Generates revenue for Solid Waste Services - keeping costs low for rate payers.
  • Keeps methane gas (a powerful greenhouse gas) from reaching the atmosphere.
  • Continues to produce energy after the landfill closes.
  • Helps the Army meet its renewable energy goals.
  • Proven, cost-effective technology.

Project investment

$31 million - the Landfill Gas to Energy Project came on line in 2012. The initial construction cost of the project, including Gas Processing Building, gas transmission pipeline, Power Plant (5 generating units), transformers, switch gear and power line connections to Ft. Richardson grid.

*Solid Waste Services is one of the Municipality of Anchorage enterprise utilities.  All of SWS services are funded completely by user fees.  No tax dollars are used in any operations, including the transfer stations, transfer operation and landfill.*

More info

2013 SWANA Achievement Award Application

Tours

SWS does provide group tours of the landfill and the landfill gas project. Please contact us at 343-6275 to schedule one.

    • Landfill Gas
    • General Manager: Mark Spafford
    • 1111 E 56th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99518
    • 907 343-6262