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Everything you need to know about the landfill gas method: Part 1

Everything You Need To Know About The Landfill Gas Method : Part 1

With an increased interest in environmental issues over the last decade or so, there has been a rise in the number of systems, practices and techniques that businesses and homes can adopt to become more eco-friendly. Whether it be as simple as ensuring your recycling is in the right bin to business-wide initiatives to overhaul energy usage, sustainable options are becoming the practical solutions to many situations. The Australia Government has joined in as well, with the introduction of the Emissions Reduction Fund to provide an incentive to businesses and individuals to be more environmentally conscious, but what is it all about? And how does it have anything to do with the landfill gas method?

The Emissions Reduction Fund

What is the Emissions Reduction Fund?

The Emissions Reduction Fund, or ERF, is a voluntary scheme that aims to decrease the levels of greenhouse gases emitted by organisations and individuals across Australia through a range of incentives. It encourages entities to take on new equipment and practices that will lower their greenhouse gas emissions, whilst getting involved in projects that will assist in Australia meeting their international climate targets.  There are a range of activities that are scheme-eligible, with both individuals and organisations being able to take part to earn Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs). For every tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2-e) stored or avoided by a project, an ACCU is earned.

How does the ERF relate to the landfill gas method?

Projects that are run under the ERF must be conducted according to an approved ‘method’. A method, or methodology determination, is any eligible emissions reduction activity that can be completed under the Emissions Reduction Fund. One of the finalised methods under the waste and wastewater sector is landfill gas, or the landfill gas method.

Let’s talk about landfills

What is a landfill?

landfill is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, form of waste disposal and treatment in the world. It is a site for the disposal of waste either above or below ground, and is separated from the surrounding areas for obvious reasons.

What type of gas is released in landfills?

The most prominent gas that is released in landfills in methane (around 50% or so). It is created when organic waste decays in an anaerobic environment (an environment devoid of oxygen) like that of a landfill. Because waste that is put into landfills does not decay straight away and can take years to decompose, landfill gas is created long after the rubbish is initially deposited. This applies to landfills that are closed to new waste deposits, meaning landfill gas is still being released even though new waste isn’t being introduced to the site.

How much waste do we actually use?

The average Australia sends more than one tonne of waste to landfills and other rubbish facilities a year. More than one tonne each.

Read further on Everything You Need to Know About The Landfill Gas Method : Part 2.

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