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Toyota Plant Using Landfill Methane For Electric Power

Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Toyota's Kentucky manufacturing plant will soon be turning trash into electricity by burning methane from a nearby dump.

Officials at the Georgetown manufacturing plant announced Monday that the new system will be able to produce one megawatt of electricity per hour.

The methane is captured at the Central Kentucky Landfill in Georgetown, which is owned by Waste Services of the Bluegrass. Toyota installed a generator at the site that burns the methane and sends electric power to the manufacturing plant. The generator goes online next week.

Toyota general manager for environment strategies Kevin Butt says the landfill generator is in line with the company's goal of reducing carbon emissions. Toyota wants to reduce average emissions from its cars by 90 percent by 2050, compared with 2010 levels.

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