New facility turns trash into gas in East St. Louis

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL  (KTVI) - A new facility being built in East St. Louis. It will turn trash into fuel for vehicles.

Waste Management of Illinois broke ground on a new renewable Natural Gas Facility. The facility will create high purity methane from gas created by trash decomposing in a landfill. That methane gas will then be  piped into Ameren's system. The gas will power vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.

"We look at landfills as a renewable resource, the organic waste that naturally decomposes in the landfill and creates methane gas. And we look at it as not only an opportunity, but an obligation to use that methane gas as something of a beneficial use to offset fossil fuels." said Paul Pabor - VP Renewable Energy, Waste Management.

The new plant will produce enough gas to run 400 of the company's compressed gas trucks.

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