Crow Wing County Landfill in Brainerd, Minnesota
Landfill Gas Capture

Project Details

Project type : Landfill gas capture
What they do : Gas from the garbage decomposing at the landfill is collected and destroyed in a flare instead of being released into the atmosphere.
Where they are : Brainerd, Minnesota
Portfolio Year : 2009, 2010, 2011
Standard : Climate Action Reserve (California Climate Action Registry)
Verifier : First Environment

About the Project

Located in Brainerd, Minnesota, the Crow Wing County Landfill is a small county-owned facility that opened in 1991. Marvin Stroschein and his family have run the Crow Wing County Landfill since it opened, having previously run landfill operations at the countys old landfill as well.

The Crow Wing County Landfill has voluntarily installed an active gas management system to collect landfill emissions that would have otherwise been emitted to the atmosphere. The primary means of emission reductions at the project is by flaring, although an on-site boiler utilizes landfill gas during cooler months to heat a maintenance building as well.

This project is just one aspect of the landfills commitment to environmental stewardship and innovative practices. Crow Wing County's progressive management can also be seen in how it manages leachate, the liquid that forms during waste decomposition, to its use of alternative daily waste cover, which helps it to maximize landfill capacity, and its excellent recycling programs, ranging from household appliance recycling to bicycle and book reuse. We're always trying something different, said landfill manager Doug Morris when touring TerraPass around the facility.

In the community

The project destroys methane that would otherwise have been vented into the atmosphere and uses landfill gas in the boiler, replacing the need for natural gas heating.

The project is operated by the Stroschein family, who has been running the county landfill for decades. They expect to hire additional staff in the near future, which provides a sustainable source of revenue for the county.

The project will grow as waste deposits expand to other cells in the landfill and will hopefully inspire the construction of more emission reductions projects.