GM Using Landfill Gas To Power Fort Wayne Plant

CBS Detroit

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – General Motors Corp. is spending $11 million at its Fort Wayne truck assembly plant to create a small power plant that would use landfill gas to supply 40 percent of the factory’s electricity.

The project will increase the use of gas from a landfill about nine miles away that began in 2002 when the factory began using it to create steam for the 4,000-worker factory that assembles Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.

General Motors has already had a larger pipeline installed to the landfill and the new project will increase the plant’s reliance on landfill-derived energy by four-fold, company spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen told The Journal Gazette.

The closed-loop system is designed to keep the unpleasant odor of methane gas contained.

“You absolutely can’t smell it,” Jentgen said.

The project at the factory a few miles southwest of Fort Wayne is part of GM…

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Tips on Efficient and Eco-Friendly Home Heating

#gogreen during the winter times!

Dick Scott Automotive Group

With the cold winter months ahead it’s time to start thinking about ways to conserve energy and save on your heating bills this season. Read on to see some tips on saving money and how to be more environmentally conscious when heating your home.

The most environmentally conscious way to heat homes is to embrace efficient heating lifestyle practices. Slight alterations in personal heating practices will decrease heating bills and improve the environmental quality of the home. Here’s a few tips on how to go eco-friendly.

1. Turn down the thermostat. Indoor layering can become a fashion statement when it helps conserve heat and save money on energy bills. Turning the thermostat down by 1 to 3 degrees can help significantly reduce total heat expenditures.

2. Buy a programmable thermostat. The majority of working Americans do not need to use their heating system during the day. While after returning from…

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JeffCO H20: Recycle, downcycle, upcycle, ecycle, precycle . . . What’s it all mean???

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

According to the EPA, recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials which otherwise would be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products, thereby conserving raw materials, lowering energy consumption, curtailing littering, and reducing impact on landfills. 

Recycling is not a 20th century idea.  The first documented recycling program began in 1031 when Japan required that documents and other used paper be recycled.  Various forms of recycling came and went over the ensuing centuries, but it wasn’t until the all-aluminum beverage can was introduced in the late 1950s that recycling gained traction in America.  Today, many US communities advocate and provide recycling opportunities for residents.

530325_10150945940686155_1005889778_nPinson’s community recycling trailer located at City Hall

So how are we doing?  At 4.6 pounds of trash per day for every American, we generate much more trash than we recycle.  The EPA estimates that while 75% of America’s trash…

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