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County landfill agrees to sell methane gas

$500,000 per year revenue anticipated

McELHATTAN — A $15 million landfill gas purchasing agreement and facility project with MAS Wayne RNG, LLC has been approved by the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority, pending final review by the solicitor.

The Wayne Township Landfill will be selling the landfill methane gas to MAS Wayne RNG, LLC, who will remove methane from the gas, clean and compress the gas before transporting it to UGI’s pipelines. UGI will sell the gas to various industries looking into purchasing renewable sources, according to Landfill General Manager Jay Alexander explained.

MAS Wayne RNG, LLC will have to negotiate with UGI to determine a plan for transporting the renewable sources, and the landfill will be making money off of the gas that is sold, Alexander said.

“This project should produce about $500,000 per year income to the landfill once in production,” Alexander said. “It is new revenue coming into the landfull that doesn’t exist right now…it is quite substantial income.”

For reference, Alexander said that the landfill generates about 1,500 cubic feet of methane gas per minute.

The landfill formerly had a similar agreement with Jersey Shore Steel, however that project ended in 2015, Alexander said.

Paul Welch, authority solicitor, drafted the contract to ensure that it was a working agreement with mutual benefits. The agreement saw unanimous approval from the authority as last week’s monthly meeting.

Construction for this facility should begin in the summer with operations expected to begin in April of 2022.

In other news, the landfill was awarded two grants from DEP’s Recycling Fund.

One of the grants awards the landfill $350,000 reimbursement for equipment purchased in the recycling program, while the other is $40,000 which was based off the success of the recycling program.

Additionally, the authority approved the $367,094 annual insurance policy from MIC that has comprehensive coverage for the landfill’s vehicles and equipment as well as workers compensation insurance.

Meanwhile, the county commissioners and DEP have approved the Solid Waste Management plan which details the disposal capacity of the county for the next 10 years.

The plan includes recycling goals and how they plan to meet those goals, any of which have already been met.

“WTL has more than 40 years of capacity remaining in the landfill,” Alexander said.

The landfill had a “really nice year” Alexander said, by spending “significantly under budget.”

“We are moving in the right direction,” he said in terms of 2021.

At the authority’s ATV ride event in 2020, the landfill employees donated $1,000 to the local SPCA.

It was reported that the Central PA Workforce Development Corporation nominated the landfill for a government award that will eventually be presented to a company that has made a positive impact on a region in the area.

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