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Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program

Landfills

Under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program facilities can re-submit GHG reports for past years at any time. All values and graphics presented here were last updated on April 6, 2012. To review the most recent 2010 data reported by each facility, see the Data Highlights page for the most recent year, download summary GHG data, explore FLIGHT, or download facility-specific data through Envirofacts.

This sector includes only municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills that accepted waste on or after January 1, 1980 and generated methane (CH4) in amounts equivalent to 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) or more per year. Landfills generate methane from the anaerobic degradation of organic wastes that are deposited. The gas can be collected and used as an energy source. An MSW landfill comprises the landfill, landfill gas collection systems, and landfill gas destruction devices (including flares). Of the 1,202 landfills that reported under this sector for reporting year 2010, 865 collected the CH4 generated. 540 MSW landfills burned the collected CH4 on site, while 33 transferred the collected CH4 to offsite facilities for burning, and 292 landfills had a mix of on-site and off-site burning. This sector does not include industrial waste, industrial, hazardous waste, or construction and demolition landfills. This sector has been expanded for reporting year 2011 to include data on industrial waste landfills. 

Landfills Sector 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reported to the GHGRP

  • Number of facilities: 1,202
  • Total emissions (CO2e): 107.4 million metric tons
  • Emissions by category (CO2e):

CO2 emissions from the combustion of biomass are NOT included in emissions totals provided above.

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