Louisiana’s garbage fleet to run on landfill methane
The USD 700,000 project, expected to begin next year, involves cleaning and compressing on site the methane emitted from the solid waste and making the gas suitable to power the waste collection trucks that operate at the St. Landry Parish landfill. With this plan, the district will save about USD 48,600 per year in fuel costs.
According to Katry Martin, landfill executive director, the parish’s Solid Waste Commission will receive a USD 224,000 grant from the state Department of Natural Resources as “seed money”. The remainder could be recovered with USD 300,000 in state tax credits for initiating a renewable-energy project. Also a federal tax credit of USD 30,000 may help reduce the capital outlay costs to the district.
St. Landry must convert the trucks’ fuel systems and tanks to run on the cleaned methane by at least March 31, in order to comply with the grant’s guidelines, said Martin. According to the grant application, the methane conversion will be performed on two pickup trucks and four larger Mack trucks.
Moreover, the district will build a refuelling station complete with fuel hoses that will be attached to tanks to store the methane, reported The Advocate.