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Dougherty Co. turns your trash into a natural gas treasure

ALBANY, GA (WTVM) -

Dougherty County leaders say household garbage could become a larger source of power for the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany within the next year.

Chairman Jeff Sinyard complimented the success of the program that transforms methane gas collected from the county's landfill into useable natural gas.

He says the plant, which opened in 2011, provides about 20% of MCLB's power. Another generator could be in place within the next year, which would bring more economic success at the base.

"Not only will it meet the mandates, it will have excess capacity that could be used on other bases. Hopefully, what that translates into is us keeping the jobs we have and hopefully gaining more missions for our base," says Sinyard.

According to the Chairman, a third generator would boost landfill energy to accommodate 30% of the energy at the MCLB.

He says that ratio would far exceed federal mandates that will go in place by 2020.

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