Landfill Methane Outreach Program
Sample External Newsletter Article
Marketing & Communications Toolkit
Internal newsletters and newsletters for the public are both relatively quick and inexpensive ways to let people know about your landfill gas energy project. Work with your newsletter editors to place an educational article about your project. Preview the sample below for helpful ideas on creating your own newsletter article.
What [Organization Name] Is Doing With Your Trash
Ever wonder what happens to your trash when you throw it away? Most of it goes to the [Name] landfill where it decomposes. But then what happens? [Organization Name] has been turning that trash into energy. Here’s how it works.
As waste in landfills decomposes it produces a gas that can be collected and used as energy. Recognizing the many benefits associated with this renewable energy source, [Organization Name] began working with [Project Developer Name] to install a landfill gas collection system at [Name] landfill and arrange for the gas to be run to a generator where it is turned into electricity that is delivered to [XX] homes.
Using landfill gas as a source of energy has many benefits. Landfill gas is less expensive than other renewable resources, yet just as reliable. What’s more, converting landfill gas to energy helps the environment and community. Landfill gas that is not collected and converted to energy smells bad, contributes to local smog, and is a safety hazard. Uncontrolled landfill gas is also a major contributor to global climate change because it is approximately 50 percent methane, a potent greenhouse gas. By using landfill gas [Organization Name] is helping to improve local air quality and reduce the risk of global climate change. [Organization Name] is also helping to make the local landfill a better neighbor.
Through its innovative partnership program—called the Landfill Methane Outreach Program, or LMOP—the U.S. EPA is working with companies such as [Organization Name] to encourage development of these projects. LMOP is a voluntary program that helps landfill gas energy project developers, utilities, landfill owners/operators, and energy users like us exchange information about using landfill gas. LMOP brings together key parties in project development to make sure the gas is utilized and not wasted.
We’re proud to be part of LMOP and to do our share to develop new alternative sources of energy that help the environment.
For more information on this innovative project, call [Name, Title] at [Telephone Number]. To learn more about LMOP or how other communities might benefit from participation in a landfill gas energy project, visit the LMOP website at http://www.epa.gov/lmop.