Clean Cities: St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
Our success story this week takes us to St. Landry Parish, Louisiana…. where one man’s trash is another’s fuel! The St. Landry Parish solid waste district collects about 300 tons of garbage a day. As the waste in the landfill decomposes, it gives off a gas, which is mostly methane. That gas is collected, conditioned, and compressed, then dispensed as renewable natural gas at a fueling station just feet from the landfill.
KATRY MARTIN: “We have the capacity here to produce about 700 gasoline gallon equivalents per day. That equates to about 200,000 per year, and we’ll dispense almost every bit of that.”
JOHN DAVIS: About 30 vehicles in the parish run on this biogas including refuse trucks and law enforcement vehicles. While they’re the only renewable natural gas vehicle fuel source in the state, with help from organizations like Louisiana clean fuels, they won’t be the last!