In conjunction with Mas Energy, Republic Services has developed a renewable energy project, serving Metro Atlanta, specifically, Buford, Griffin and Winder. Focusing on landfill gas-to energy facilities at three area landfills, this has a 24.1 megawatts of electricity generating capacity. In other words, 15,665 households can receive all the renewable energy it needs.
Meanwhile, a report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that for every wind energy based megawatt-hour causing zero-emission (which is typically the amount produced by a turbine in just over an hour) the result is a gain of $75 in human health and environmental air pollution benefits. This translates into more than treble the cost of the $23/MWh federal production tax credit.
Of the company’s new renewable energy project, Area President of Republic Services Jamey Amick, said that Republic Services feels that it needs to “lead by example in everything [it does]. The modern landfill presents new opportunity to harness energy from yesterday’s waste and convert it to meet tomorrow’s energy needs. We are proud to partner once again with Mas Energy to generate a renewable energy source that makes a meaningful and lasting environmental difference in the state of Georgia.”
Given that Republic Services seeks to “make [the] world and our planet better,” this project is in line with its overall mission to “provide reliable and responsible recycling and waste disposal services.”