Project Data - Decatur

The Decatur-Morgan County Landfill is a municipally-owned site with a 10 million ton waste capacity.  The landfill site is approximately 270 acres and has operated since 1981, but prior to this project never had a comprehensive gas collection system in place.  Through this project, methane emissions from the Decatur landfill are collected and piped to a near by steel plant where they are flared as a heat source in the steel production.  The emission reductions are verified by an accredited third-party verifier using the Climate Action Reserve’s Landfill Project Protocol.

Methane emissions from landfills in the U.S. represent approximately 34% of total U.S. anthropogenic methane pollution, and The Mora Landfill is not currently required to install a gas collection and control system.  The landfill’s capacity is below the level required for subject for review under New Source Performance Standards, meaning the landfill's emissions are below a level at which installation of a collection system is required.

The sales of the carbon offsets keeps the project from operating at a loss.  All carbon offsets generated by the verified emission reductions are registered by the Climate Action Reserve and receive a unique serial number. This ensures that the carbon offsets are not double counted and, once retired, are not sold or transferred again.

How The Project Works

Courtesy US Environmental Protection Agency

Courtesy US Environmental Protection Agency

  1. Trash decomposes (or rots) in landfills, creating methane gas.
  2. Methane rises to the top of the landfill and is collected in pipes.
  3. The methane is burned to produce heat or generate electricity.


Project Location:

Decatur, AL

Project Type: 

Landfill Methane Capture

Verification Protocol: 

The Climate Action Reserve’s Landfill Project Protocol

Certification Standard:

Climate Action Reserve