Going gangbusters: The Coffs Harbour Landfill Gas Facility is meeting its greenhouse targets.
Going gangbusters: The Coffs Harbour Landfill Gas Facility is meeting its greenhouse targets.

Our new landfill facility is a gas

IT’S the equivalent of removing more than 2600 cars from our roads in one year.

The amount of methane captured and destroyed by the Coffs Harbour Landfill Gas Facility in its first six months is equal to a total of 10,769 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), a harmful greenhouse gas.

The facility – the first of its kind on the Mid North Coast – captures landfill gas with the ultimate aim of using the energy generated to help power one of the waste processing plants at the Englands Road facility.

“Currently it is capturing and burning off around 230,000 cubic metres of gas each month that would otherwise escape untreated into our atmosphere,” said the mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades.

“The energy-generating goal of the facility is another example of the re-use principle which underpins the Coffs Coast Resource Recovery Park. As well as cutting the amount of harmful methane emissions released into the atmosphere we will also cut down on odours, which will be welcomed by the site’s neighbours.”

Jeff Green, the council’s executive manager of strategy and sustainability, said the figures from the first six months of the facility’s operation were extremely encouraging.

“Landfill gas typically comprises about 55 per cent of methane, about 40 per cent carbon dioxide and other gases including water vapour, nitrogen, non-methane organic gases and odorous sulphides,” Mr Green said.

“Methane is a potent greenhouse gas – one tonne is equivalent to 21 tonnes of CO2.

“The figures we now have show that the plant is working very, very successfully and we’re on target for eliminating the equivalent of 20,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions this year.

“The plant will continue to extract gas for at least the next 15 years although quantities will progressively reduce over that time.

“In total, by the time the landfill gas is exhausted, we should have removed the equivalent of more than 200,000 tonnes of CO2, that would otherwise have escaped into our atmosphere.”



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