LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Waste Management is using trash to power trucks and homes, a $30 million investment into new technology.

The new initiative will capture the methane produced from the landfill near Outer Loop and use it as energy. The new technology can use waste up to 20 years old.

Waste Management Area Vice President Tim Wells said the $30 million investment took the company's greenhouse gas emissions down by about 80 percent.

"What is basically does is take impure methane gas from the landfill, takes impurities out and makes it a high-grade CNG product and takes it to the pipeline," Wells said.

The new technology will be able to produce enough natural gas in one day to power the equivalent of 14,000 homes or 800 collection trucks. 

"Use of alternative fuels and advance transportation technology helped to improve our air quality, reduce dependence on foreign oil and also to invest in our local economy," said Emily Carpenter, executive director of the Kentucky Clean Fuel Coalition.

The infrastructure on Outer Loop is one of the first of its kind for Waste Management and will be a used as a template for the company nationwide. 

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