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Waste Management

Global-Neutral is making a major effort to work with landfills to begin converting more gas to liquid. Landfills might be the most effective application for the Portable Refinery system. 

The EPA has a Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), which estimates of the 2,400 or so currently operating or recently closed municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills in the United States, more than 550 have landfill gas (LFG) utilization projects.  EPA estimates that approximately 540 additional MSW landfills could turn their gas into energy. We believe once introduced to the system, LMOP will increase the number of landfills it considers candidates to utilize landfill gas. 

EPA notes that landfill gas projects also decrease local pollution, and can create jobs, revenues and cost savings.  As recycling of plastic, wood, paper and other material increases, the waste food content of landfills will increase as will the amount of methane produced per acre.   

Gas is flared because it is unprofitable to convert gas to liquid using the Fischer-Tropsch process.  The Global-Neutral approach allows more flared gas to be liquefied, thereby reducing GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions from flaring and the direct release of natural gas/methane, which significantly effect global warming. The system can be scaled for larger landfills and smaller landfills.

Landfill Diagram 

Landfill Management


Gas to Diesel

How modern landfills capture gas.

Landfill Gas Gathering

Waste from Homes and Businesses. Methane is generated in landfills as waste decomposes and in the treatment of wastewater. Landfills are the third largest source of CH4 emissions in the United States. For more information see the U.S. Inventory's Waste chapter.