The Solid Waste Management Department has partnered with Bernalillo County to divert Methane Gas from the Cerro Colorado Landfill to the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC). The diverted gas will be used to fuel a boiler that preheats water for domestic hot water use at the MDC.
Approximately two miles of pipeline have been laid from the flair at the Cerro Colorado Landfill to the boiler room of the MDC. Methane gas that is produced from decomposing garbage travels the two mile distance to the jail where it may be used as an energy source and replace fossil fuels. The Landfill Grant project removes the equivalent of more than 8,000 vehicles from the road each year, reducing our impact on the environment. This project also allows the Solid Waste Management Department to take advantage of landfill gas as an energy source and replace fossil fuels.
The Landfill Gas to Energy project cost $1.5 million dollars. Both the Solid Waste Management Department and Bernalillo County contributed to the overall cost as well as a $500,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).