Fourth Casella Waste energy project goes on line

By Susanne Retka Schill
Web exclusive posted Oct. 9, 2008 at 11:41 a.m. CST

Casella Waste Systems Inc., a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company based in Rutland, Vt., has completed its latest landfill gas-to-energy facility ahead of schedule. Located at the Hyland landfill in Angelica, N.Y., it is the company's fourth such project and is expected to produce 4.8 megawatts of electricity.

"We believe that waste is no longer just a throw-away, but is instead a raw material for manufacturing new products and a resource for producing clean energy," said John Casella, chairman and chief executive of Casella Waste Systems. "We are positioning the company to take advantage of significant economic, environmental policy and cultural shifts by pursuing opportunities that create both economic and environmental value from waste."

Casella is now producing roughly 20 megawatts per hour of clean energy at four of the company's landfills. This clean energy is powering roughly 20,000 homes and the emissions savings are equivalent to taking approximately 165,000 cars off the roads each year. The company expects to begin producing clean energy at its Clinton County, N.Y., landfill gas-to-energy facility during the third quarter of fiscal year 2009 and at its Southbridge landfill gas-to-energy facility in Massachusetts during the first half of fiscal year 2010. When these two new facilities go on line, the company and its partners will produce approximately 28 megawatts per hour of clean electricity at six landfill gas-to-energy facilities.