Wicomico Earns $183K In Landfill Gas Credits

SALISBURY — Wicomico County’s efforts to go green at its landfill with a proactive program to collect gases generated by the facility and selling them for “carbon credits” resulted this week in over $183,000 for the county from its consultant Geosyntec.

For the past 10 years, in an effort to operate the landfill in a more environmentally sound way, Wicomico County has voluntarily collected the gas generated at its Newland Park landfill. The landfill gas results from food, paper, and other organic matter degrading over time in the landfill. It contains methane, a potent greenhouse gas. This project benefits climate change strategies by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted to the atmosphere and providing a source of renewable energy.

“By creating and then selling carbon credits through the responsible management of our solid waste operations, Wicomico County continues to build on our excellent reputation as pro-active and committed stewards of our natural resources,” said County Executive Rick Pollitt.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.