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McKinney Landfill

Location

McKinney, Texas

Project Type

Landfill Gas

Emission Reduction

65,000 Metric Tons of CO2 each year

Online Date

Summer 2008

Certification

Green-e Climate (upon request)

Vertification

The Climate Action Reserve's Landfill Project Protocol

 

Project Profile

Landfill gas technology lowers greenhouse gas emissions

Producing greenhouse gases are an unavoidable part of operating a landfill. Rather than settling for standard practice which allows the gas to slowly release into the atmosphere, leaders at McKinney Landfill looked for an alternative. What they found is an option that reduces pollution, protects groundwater and turns a profit.

Today, garbage at the landfill is slowly breaking down under a cover. A series of wells are drilled into the cover to release the gas in a piping system. The gas is then funneled to a generator and burned to make electricity. For every metric ton of carbon not released McKinney can sell one Carbon Offset. Today, garbage at the landfill is slowly breaking down under a cover. A series of wells are drilled into the cover to release the gas in a piping system. The gas is then funneled to a generator and burned to make electricity. For every metric ton of carbon not released McKinney can sell one Carbon Offset.

Carbon Offset projects like McKinney require a significant financial investment and often are not required by law. Selling the Offsets recovers the system’s installation and maintenance costs. The income also make projects like these attractive to investors which encourages more landfills to follow suit. Selling the Offsets recovers the system’s installation and maintenance costs. The income also make projects like these attractive to investors which encourages more landfills to follow suit.

3DEGREES + MCKINNEY LANDFILL

At 3Degrees we know landfills aren’t pretty. But they are necessary. That’s why we work with projects like McKinney to bring Carbon Offsets into the marketplace. This is just one way we build a world where it is more valuable to solve environmental problems than create them.