List of Resources Related to Landfill Gas and Waste Management
- LFG Energy Resources
- Other EPA Programs
- LFG Collection and Control Systems
- Municipal Solid Waste Management
- Organic Waste Diversion
LFG Energy Resources
Example Procurement Files – Lists several example procurement files issued by landfill owners as a reference for other communities. Requests for proposals and other types of procurements provide landfill owners a way to evaluate respondents for LFG energy project development.
Resources for Funding LFG Energy Projects – Provides information on key funding resources available to LFG energy projects.
Partner Award Winners – Provides information about successful energy projects that have won an LMOP award for excellence and creativity. Several write-ups link to profiles that contain additional detail about the projects.
State Agencies – Assists those searching for state-specific information related to permits and regulations that may affect LFG energy projects, via a table of key state organizations’ Web addresses. The list represents the main state agencies and departments involved in topics such as air quality permitting, energy policy, and public utility regulation.
Other EPA Programs
AgSTAR – Promotes the use of biogas recovery systems to reduce methane emissions from the agricultural sector and provides information and participates in events to further support anaerobic digestion implementation, including co-digestion of food waste.
Center for Corporate Climate Leadership – Serves as a resource center for organizations seeking to expand their participation in greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement and management by providing tools, guidance and other resources.
RE-Powering America’s Land – Encourages development of renewable energy projects on currently or formerly contaminated landfills by identifying site potential and providing other resources to those interested in potential sites.
Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments – Provides technical assistance, analytical tools and outreach support to state, local and tribal governments. The state program helps develop policies and programs that can reduce GHG emissions and lower energy costs. The local program helps governments meet sustainability goals with cost-effective climate change mitigation and clean energy strategies.
Green Power Partnership – Encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use, assists organizations with procuring electricity generated from renewable resources, and promotes the organizations’ green power leadership.
Combined Heat and Power Partnership – Works with combined heat and power (CHP) stakeholders to reduce air pollution and water usage associated with electric power generation by increasing the use of CHP. Provides tools, policy information and other resources to energy users; the CHP industry; clean air officials; and other clean energy stakeholders. The program’s goal is to remove policy barriers and facilitate the development of new CHP projects by promoting the economic, environmental and reliability benefits of CHP.
Global Methane Initiative – International public-private initiative that advances cost-effective, near-term methane abatement, recovery and use of methane as a clean energy resource in five sectors: agriculture, coal mines, municipal solid waste, oil and gas systems, and wastewater. The Initiative reduces the informational, institutional and other market barriers to project development through the development of tools and resources, training and capacity building, technology demonstration and direct project support.
LFG Collection and Control Systems
Climate Action Reserve (CAR) U.S. Landfill Project Protocol – Provides guidance to quantify, report, and verify GHG emission reductions associated with installing an LFG collection and destruction system at a landfill. The protocol provides eligibility rules, methods to calculate reductions, performance-monitoring instructions, and procedures for reporting information to CAR.
Municipal Solid Waste Management
EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management, Sustainable Materials Management – Sustainable materials management (SMM) is a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire lifecycles. SMM represents a change in how society thinks about the use of natural resources and environmental protection. Looking at a product's entire lifecycle can reveal new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources and reduce costs.
Organic Waste Diversion
EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management, Sustainable Management of Food – Sustainable Management of Food (SMF) is a systematic approach that seeks to reduce wasted food and its associated environmental impacts over the entire lifecycle. Reducing waste food can save resources and money, help people, reduce landfill methane, and return nutrients to the soil.
- Food Waste Research webpage – EPA provides several reports and links to other sources related to food waste research including environmental impacts and emerging issues.
Climate Action Reserve U.S. Organic Waste Digestion Project Protocol – Provides a GHG accounting methodology for GHG reduction projects that divert and anaerobically digest eligible organic waste and/or wastewater streams that otherwise would have gone to uncontrolled anaerobic storage, treatment and disposal systems such as solid waste landfills or onsite anaerobic wastewater treatment facilities. The protocol also addresses the co-digestion of eligible organic waste streams with livestock manure.
Climate Action Reserve U.S. Organic Waste Composting Project Protocol – Provides a GHG accounting methodology for GHG reduction projects that divert and compost municipal food waste and other eligible organic waste that otherwise would have gone to solid waste landfills.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), North American Initiatives on Food and Organic Waste – The CEC seeks to reduce food loss and waste in North America through research and information sharing. The organization’s website offers reports and case studies on this topic, as well as a list of other organizations working in this space.
ReFED – This nonprofit organization created to reduce U.S. food waste has several tools such as the U.S. Food Waste Policy Finder and Solution Provider Directory and a roadmap for reducing U.S. food waste by 50 percent by year 2030.