Landfill generates new, renewable energy

The vast amount of residential waste within the Seoul metropolitan region goes into a landfill on the outskirts of Incheon However,

the facility is not any old run-of-the-mill landfill as it generates renewable energy Kim Hyo-sun reports It looks like an ordinary golf course, but it's also a landfill for household waste Located in Incheon, it's known as the world's largest waste treatment facility and landfill located in a metropolitan region

The land is a reclaimed mudflat, and it's been used as a landfill since 1992 when the Nanji Landfill, located on Seoul's Nanji Island, neared its maximum capacity Currently, the area is not only used as a landfill but also generates renewable energy from the gas emitted by the decomposing waste

Some of the electricity is used by households, and some of it is sold, bringing in around 31 million US dollars per year The biogas is also used to fuel some 2-hundred public buses and cleaning vehicles

Starting from the end of this year, the facility will be equipped with solar panels (KOREAN) "Unlike the past, waste is increasingly used as a resource

Our facility is not only the largest in size, but also boasts the world's most sophisticated technology" Landfills used to provoke a reaction of "not in my backyard," but now they're being transformed into a source of new and renewable energy

Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News

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