Sustainable Resource

Redwood Landfill’s operations are closely aligned with Marin County’s Climate Action Plan, adopted by the Marin County Board of Supervisors in 2002. Redwood’s energy and recycling initiatives are designed to result in significant greenhouse gas reduction and help the County achieve its goal of reducing GHG emissions to 30% below 1990 levels by 2020.

Landfill Gas to Energy Plant – Capturing the energy of landfill gas, rather than flaring it, will allow Redwood to produce an estimated 6-8 megawatts of power.  This green energy will create enough electricity to power the equivalent of 6,000 homes when it comes on line in 2017

Expanded Composting Facility – In 2014, we tripled our composting capacity while reducing our associated composting emissions by 50 percent by installing a Covered Aerated Static Pile (CASP) system. Ton per ton the CASP system reduced GHG emissions by 80 percent compared to traditional windrow composting.

C&D Materials Recovery Facility – Diverting construction and demolition materials from the landfill has the potential to recycle 120,000 tons of materials annually. In 2017, Redwood will construct a facility dedicated to the collection of C&D for recycling. Currently, these materials are separated at the landfill for recycling off-site.

Solar – In 2010, Redwood installed solar panels that generate enough energy to power the site’s administration offices.

Did You Know?

Redwood has a landfill gas capture rate in excess of 90% -- far exceeding the industry regulatory requirement of 75%.