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Allied Waste Announces Ground Breaking for Newest Gas-to-Energy Project

Allied Waste Industries, Inc announced today the ground breaking for the newest landfill gas-to-energy project by one of its subsidiaries. The project, which is located at the Jefferson City Landfill in Jefferson City, Missouri, will be developed in conjunction with Ameresco, Inc., Columbia Water & Light and the State of Missouri. Methane gas from the landfill is expected to generate approximately 3.2 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power more than 2,000 homes. In addition, heat from the plant's engines will be used to power two Missouri correctional facilities located in the area.

"The rising cost of oil and the search for alternative, environmentally friendly energy sources is bringing a lot more interest to this type of gas-to-energy project," said Donald W. Slager, President and Chief Operating Officer for Allied Waste. "With over a dozen alternative-energy projects in the various stages of approval and development, we expect that our portfolio will continue to grow in the future."

There are currently 53 projects, including 42 electric generation plants, operating at facilities owned or operated by Allied Waste subsidiaries across the country. In addition to the Jefferson City project, construction of an eight-megawatt facility at the Brunswick County Landfill in Lawrenceville, Virginia, is expected to commence this month. In March of this year, a 2.5-megawatt facility expansion began producing electricity at the Convis Township Landfill near Lansing, Michigan.

"Landfill gas-to-energy projects are the ultimate in recycling as gas that is a naturally created by-product at landfills is captured and used as an alternative fuel source. Energy from these projects is converted to electricity, offsetting the use of oil and natural gas," added Slager.

Methane gas occurs naturally at landfills as a by-product of the decomposition of organic materials. Gas is collected, dried and used as a fuel source in a variety of projects from electrical generation to industrial boiler fuel to wastewater evaporation. Over 430 such projects have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Landfill Methane Outreach Program. Allied Waste intends to pursue these projects as a further demonstration of its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

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