Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
May 29, 2008
Dougherty County--Did you know you create about 4.5-pounds of trash per day?
That really adds up in landfills.
Methane gas is naturally generated from decomposing waste, after it has been dumped, compacted and in that oxygen free environment the trash breaks down creating methane.
And in the future that gas could mean more revenue for the county.
The trash is something few of us think of once it's out the door.
But Dougherty County is looking into the possibility of using it, or rather what's generated from it, to bring in much needed revenue.
Landfills create landfill gas, which is comprised mostly of methane.
"It starts to decompose, and landfill gas is generated, about forty to fifty percent of Landfill gas is methane the remainder is carbon dioxide," said Mike McCoy, Landfill Director.
Right now, the Dougherty County landfill flares the gas, the traditional way of disposing of it, but that pollutes the atmosphere.
Instead of being burned off it could be captured compacted and used for energy.
"Landfill gas can be extracted and used to generate electricity or to be used directly in boilers," said McCoy.
Selling the gas could bring in money for the county.
"I mean that methane we're burning it, if we could sell it then it just gives us another income stream and possibly reduce taxes, one day," said Art Searles, County Commissioner.
Through a series of extraction wells in the ground the gas is extracted and as of now it is all disposed of.
"That's landfill it's our only enterprise to start with and I don't know if people understand that it's self sustaining," Said Searles.
McCoy says there are opportunities here in Albany to use the gas, and they looking for potential customers.
"All we need now is the technology, the marine base is right across the street, the could probably use it, and if they're willing to buy it from us we'll certainly sell it to them," said Searles.
It's not a possibility everywhere but the economical feasibility of a gas to energy project could be a reality in Dougherty County.
Counties like Dekalb County are selling their power to Georgia Power to create electricity.
A Landfill in LaGrange sells gas to a local company to power their facility.
About 500 landfills nationwide that turn their gas into energy.