Laurel, Maryland has decided that it is better to turn its garbage into energy than to keep pouring it into landfills. The Mayor Craig A. Moe and City Council of Laurel, Maryland are excited about the opportunity to convert a costly trash problem into green energy products. With landfills reaching capacity and trash disposition becoming increasingly more expensive, this is a partnership that will not only save some of the City’s limited resources, but contribute to a cleaner environment.
The City of Laurel, Maryland will be working with W2 Energy, a green energy company whose U.S. sales and marketing office is located in Laurel, to install a mobile waste-to-energy truck prototype unit which will convert up to 4 tons per day of municipal solid waste into electricity, ultra low sulfur diesel, gasoline and jet fuel.
“This is an amazing opportunity for W2 Energy to prove out its technology,” says David Freund, Vice-President of Business Development for W2. “We have been developing this technology for the last 9 years and now it is time to let it shine.”
Laurel currently uses four garbage refuse trucks to collect an average of 28 tons a day of municipal solid waste from Laurel’s more than 12,000 homes and townhouses. W2’s research and development engineers calculate that using W2’s technology, each metric ton of municipal solid waste can produce slightly more than 100 gallons of liquid fuel, plus roughly 700 kilowatt hours of electricity.
Paul McCullagh, Director of Public Works for the City of Laurel stated this is an opportunity to save money for the city. and on the cutting edge of a technological process that will convert problematic waste material into clean usable green energy via a process that is economical and eco-friendly. This will not only save the City money, but it will contribute to a cleaner environment.
“Every year the cost of getting rid of garbage trash goes up. Each of my trucks drivers spends an additional two hours after it has collected collecting all the garbage City trash just getting to the landfill, unloading and coming back to base,” says McCullagh. “This technology will help us save on fuel, labor and the tipping fees we have to pay the landfills.”
Once the 4 ton per day waste to energy unit has been proven and tested, the City of Laurel will provide a location where W2 can install a full size commercial plant to convert all of Laurel’s waste into usable energy.
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Vice-President of Business Development
W2 Energy, Inc.
(301) 385 6253
Director of Public Works
City of Laurel
(301) 725-0088 X 206
Public Information Officer
City of Laurel
(301) 725-5300 X 244