Thomasville's Landfill is 'Burning Up'

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

The city installed a new flare to burn off methane collected under the heaps of trash visible at the landfill.

City employees say it's a clean way to dispose of the chemical mixture that forms when garbage is composted.

Says City of Thomasville engineer Jim Petrak, "Methane is a high polluter for global warming, and if you burn it off you actually reduce your global warming effect."

Petrak adds that though CO2 is also produced during the burning, it is counterbalanced by the methane.

The flare burns around the clock, and some folks even venture to say it's 'pretty' to see at night.

The city says it will be tweaking the burning over the next few weeks for maximum efficiency.

Engineers say once the amount of gas being produced is measured, it's possible Thomasville will be able to use it as an alternate fuel source.

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  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Mar 12, 2011 at 04:14 AM
    Now using the methane to burn as an alternate fuel source is a good idea. As I read the article I was going to ask why that wasn't being considered, only to find it is. We need more consideration of alternate fuel sources, as well as "outside the envelope" means to cut back on spending of taxpayer dollars.
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