Republic Services announces LFGTE project in California

By Republic Services Inc. | May 04, 2015

Republic Services Inc. has announced a new landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) project located at Sunshine Canyon Landfill near Los Angeles. The 20-MW renewable energy project is capable of generating enough electricity to power nearly 25,000 area homes.

"Landfills play a more consequential role in society now than ever before," said Ron Krall, area president of Republic Services. "Today's landfill must be sophisticated, and leverage the power of science and engineering to help regenerate the local ecosystem. Sunshine Canyon Landfill has enabled growth in Los Angeles for decades, and now it will be there to help a great community achieve its sustainability goals."

Republic Services partnered with Sunshine Gas Producers, a joint venture between DTE Biomass Energy and Aria Energy, to develop the Sunshine Canyon LFGTE project.

"This partnership is another example of how technology and simple, hard work can result in a project that's good for the environment and the local community," said Mark Cousino, president of DTE Biomass Energy. "It has been a pleasure working with Republic and Aria Energy to deliver California's newest renewable energy facility."

"Aria Energy is very pleased to join Republic Services and DTE Biomass in bringing online Sunshine Canyon, our 44th renewable energy project and sixth project with DTE Biomass," said Richard M. DiGia, president and CEO of Aria Energy. "This project is directly aligned with our business strategy and will further help fulfill California's 33 percent renewable energy goal through our investment in this baseload electric production facility."

LFGTE projects typically involve capturing methane from biogas, which is generated by the decomposition of waste within a landfill. The methane is converted into renewable energy sources, in this case electricity that supplies the power grid. This process can displace the use of fossil fuels for energy generation and use, which can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a community.

According to the U.S. EPA, LFGTE projects reduce reliance on non-renewable energy resources, such as coal or petroleum. The EPA estimates that 3 MW of energy produced from landfill gas is equivalent to preventing carbon emissions generated by the consumption of 16.6 million gallons of gasoline. Based on EPA calculations, the carbon emissions prevented by the new Sunshine Canyon LFGTE project from entering the air is equivalent to the consumption of more than 100 million gallons of gasoline.

Republic Services of Los Angeles serves more than 100 jurisdictions throughout Los Angeles County, operating approximately 480 hauling routes per day. Republic employs roughly 2,000 people in Los Angeles County, and operates six transfer stations, one recycling center and a landfill in the area. Through legacy companies, Republic Services has been proudly serving customers throughout the Los Angeles area for nearly 60 years.

Republic Services operates eight LFGTE projects in the State of California, and 73 total LFGTE projects nationwide. Combined, these projects capture and convert enough landfill gas into energy to power more than 250,000 homes per year. According to the EPA, the carbon emissions prevented by these projects from entering the air is equal to removing more than four million cars from our roads or planting more than 4.5 million acres of trees each year.

Republic Services is dedicated to maintaining a balance between its business operations and protecting the environment and communities it serves. Known as the Blue Planet sustainability initiative, Republic Services is defining its approach to environmental responsibility through decreased vehicle emissions, innovative landfill technologies, use of renewable energy, community engagement and employee growth opportunities. To view Republic's 2014 Sustainability Report, go to