Landfill Methane Outreach Program
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Greenwood County Landfill and Fujifilm Project
- Greenwood, South Carolina
- End User(s):
- Consumer products
- Greenwood County Landfill and Greenwood County Subtitle D Landfill
- Landfill Size:
- 0.75 and 1.15 million tons waste-in-place (2004 and 2007), respectively
- Project Type:
- Boiler (2 converted natural gas units)
- Project Size:
- 700 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm)
- Environmental Benefits:
- Carbon sequestered annually by 17,600 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 15,800 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from more than 192,000 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to heating nearly 2,400 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.023 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
- LMOP Partners Involved:
- Greenwood County Public Works, SC, Joyce Engineering, Inc., Methane Power, Inc.
- Last Updated:
How do a major manufacturing facility and a local landfill work together to further their environmental initiatives? By literally turning one facility's trash into another's treasure.
To reduce landfill gas (LFG) emissions from the Greenwood County landfills in South Carolina, County officials partnered with Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. to capture LFG and convert it to energy. Not only does this LFG energy project allow the County to meet state requirements to control landfill emissions, it also allows Fujifilm to make strides towards their corporate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Extracted methane gas is delivered to the local Fujifilm plant via a 5.2-mile long underground pipeline, where it is expected to provide at least 197 billion British thermal units of energy annually to two boilers, powering approximately 40 percent of their 500-acre complex. Without Fujifilm or another end user for this methane, the County would have to flare the gas, thus losing its energy potential. This project is truly a mutually beneficial partnership, allowing the County to put what would otherwise be wasted methane to beneficial use, and reducing the reliance of the Fujifilm facility on natural gas for power.
The FUJIFILM family of companies is working hard to increase our efficiencies while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions globally...The landfill gas to energy project will go a long way toward meeting our global target for reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses being released into the atmosphere. —Nick Sekiguchi, former President, FUJIFILM