AD facility in development at Massachusetts landfill

By Staff | April 30, 2014

Construction has begun on the CRMC Dartmouth Bioenergy facility in Dartmouth, Mass. Located at the Crapo Hill Landfill, the anaerobic digestion (AD) facility is being developed by CommonWealth Resource Management Corp. in cooperation with the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District, which owns the landfill.

Once complete, the bioenergy facility will produce biogas for use as a supplemental fuel by an existing 3.3-MW landfill gas-fired electric power generating facility at the landfill that is owned and operated by a CRMC subsidiary.

In addition to producing biogas, operation of the AD facility at the landfill is expected to allow the district to adapt to changes in the state’s solid waste management regulations regarding food wastes and other organics. An impending ban on the disposal of such materials generated by commercial sources could have a long-term effect on the district’s landfilling operations and its position in the regional solid waste marketplace.