From garbage to energy

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County opens plant to recycle garbage

By Amy Ryffel-Kragh

A facility that turns garbage into energy was dedicated last week in Marion County – a step that will save about 300,000 barrels of oil each year, according to officials.

The move will also provide renewable energy to some 3,000 homes a day.

The new “green” project, known as the Baseline Landfill Gas to Energy project, will  run 24 hours a day and will eventually produce four megawatts of electricity, said Rod Jones, managing director and part owner of Atlanta-based G2 Energy, the company that supervised the construction of the facility.

Last week, local government officials, Marion County Solid Waste employees and a large number of Marion County residents attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Baseline Landfill.

Marion County Solid Waste director, Ken Whitehead, introduced Marion County Commission Chairman, Jim Payton, who gave a brief presentation.

Payton said people are becoming very sensitive about environmentally friendly projects. At the Baseline Landfill, two Caterpillar-brand generators will produce approximately three megawatts of