DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency wants to turn its trash into fuel for cars.
This flare burns the gas that is captured at the Dubuque landfill. (Allison Wong, KCRG-TV9)
It is looking for a developer to capture the gases that come off the landfill and turn those gases into renewable natural gas.
In 2010, the landfill began collecting gas that comes from waste decomposition and destroying it through a flare.
This prevents greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide from going into the atmosphere.
Now they want to take their renewable efforts even further and clean the raw gas to convert it into renewable natural gas.
They hope to select a partner in June 2018 and operate by next summer.