With the advent of replacement energy cost pricing for natural gas, the recovery and treatment of methane generated by sanitary landfills has become a commercial reality. The first landfill methane recovery plant, owned and operated by Getty Synthetic Fuels, Inc., has been in operation at Palos Verdes, California since 1975. Getty has built a second plant, which has been in operation in the city of Monterey Park, California since August 15, 1979. These two facilities are the only plants in the United States which produce pipeline quality gas from landfills.

Although similar to the Palos Verdes facility in some respects, the Monterey Park methane recovery facility is four times as large, and represents a significant advance in the State of the Art of landfill methane recovery and purification. This paper will discuss the similarities between these two operations, but, more importantly, will point out the significant technological advances made over the past four years, which have advanced landfill methane recovery from the demonstration project phase to the large scale, economically viable operation that it is today.

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