Groundbreaking of $23 million landfill project

Published: Apr. 19, 2018 at 6:50 PM CDT
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An innovative project in Madison is hoping to turn garbage and cow manure into renewable fuel for thousands of vehicles across the region and country.

The $23 million plan will see a bio-gas processing facility built at the Dane County Landfill and connected with an adjacent interstate pipeline. It's the first project of its kind in the nation.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi spoke about the importance of the facility at the groundbreaking today.

"The project here that we're doing today is really game-changing. It's game-changing. It's kind of a once in a lifetime effort to both clean up our air and to clean up our lakes. While at the same time, helping our tax payers and bringing more dollars into the community," Parisi said.

Officials say design work of the new facility is already complete. Construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks with the system online by the Spring of 2019.