Municipal solid waste (MSW) is the everyday garbage generated by residents and businesses. The per-person national average of waste is 3.3 pounds per day or 1,214 pounds per year. In Blaine County, our current rate is well over twice that, 8 pounds of waste per person per day or 2,900 lbs. per person each year likely due to our recreation-based economy.
MSW from Blaine County is collected by Clear Creek Disposal and brought to the Ohio Gulch and Carey transfer stations. Southern Idaho Solid Waste (SISW) manages the Transfer Station where MSW is shipped to the Milner Butte landfill.
According to the EPA, municipal solid waste landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the U.S. Methane is a greenhouse gas that more than 25 times as potent as carbon dioxide (CO2) at trapping heat in the atmosphere. Under the leadership of the SISW, the methane produced at the Milner Butte landfill is captured and converted into electricity. The landfill gas-to-energy system is turning Blaine County’s MSW into energy and saving money. To learn more visit:
Blog: Southern Idaho Solid Waste Is Turning Your Trash Into Electricity [LINK TO BLOG]