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Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP)

Landfill Gas Energy Project Data and Landfill Technical Data

LMOP tracks key data for landfill gas (LFG) energy projects and municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills in the United States. The LMOP Landfill and Landfill Gas Energy Database (LMOP Database) contains information about projects in various stages such as planning, under-construction, operational and shutdown, and is also a data repository for more than 2,400 MSW landfills that are either accepting waste or closed in the past few decades. About 575 of these landfills provide LFG to one or more LFG energy projects currently in operation, for a total of 632 projects. EPA estimates that approximately 470 additional "candidate" landfills could cost-effectively have their methane turned into an energy resource.

LMOP classifies each of the 632 operational LFG energy projects by type, as shown in the 2nd chart on this page. Explore these projects on the LMOP National Map.

The LMOP Database is not an exhaustive national inventory of MSW landfills and is not purported to list every MSW landfill in the country. Information in the LMOP Database is compiled from a variety of sources by voluntary submittal, is updated periodically and can change. LMOP cannot guarantee the validity of the data.

You can access spreadsheets of data from the LMOP Database in the following ways:

  • LFG Energy Project Data – key project data such as operational status, start date, project size and technology type, as well as project case studies.
  • Landfill Technical Data – pertinent landfill data such as location, operational status, design capacity and gas collection system status.
  • Data by State – project and landfill data at the state level and a national map with counts by state.

LFG Energy Project and Candidate Landfill Summary

Type Count
Operational Projects 632
Construction Projects 10
Planned Projects 30
Shutdown Projects 245
Candidate Landfills 473

Operational LFG Energy Projects by Type

Type Count
Electricity 469
Direct Use 117
High Btu (includes pipeline injection-to-vehicle fuel) 40
Vehicle Fuel (onsite or local use only) 6