Georgetown Toyota plant generating electricity from methane gas

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- There's now a direct connection between a Kentucky landfill and the Georgetown Toyota plant and it's helping produce electricity to build cars. 

The plant is now getting about two percent of its power from a Central Kentucky landfill. It will also help produce 10,000 cars per year. People who live and work in the area like the idea of turning garbage into good.

"We love the area," said David Hurley, who works at Toyota.

Hurley moved to Georgetown in the 90s to work for Toyota. He loves both his home and neighborhood.

"I guess in the very beginning...we had questions," said Hurley. "There's a lot of garbage but it's just your regular landfill." 

Hurley admits, it hasn't always been easy to love thy neighbor. The noisy neighbor is the Scott County landfill.

"We are very, very excited. And why are we excited? It's because of Methane," said Mike Price, Vice President of Administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.

Monday afternoon, Toyota announced a partnership that will pump methane gas from the landfill into the plant.

"That's one of the biggest advantages of this project, methane was being released to the air. Now we are capturing that and putting it to good use," said Kevin Butt, General Manager for Environment Strategies, Toyota.

The company spent more than $5,000,000 to build transmission lines that will carry the electricity to the plant.

"Goes all the way from the site, where it is actually being generated, all the way here to our substation and into the plant," Butt explained.

The partnership has been in the works for several years and is in use right now.

"It doesn't show that immediate pay back to a better quality vehicle or a new model but it is something that provides, you know, that good feel, we're actually adding value to the community," said Kevin Butt.

It is an unlikely partnership; however, but one that helps David Hurley feel good about his home and work.

"It gives a little bit of a sense of pride," Hurley said. 

The goal is to eventually produced 60 to 70 cars per year from the landfill.

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