Methane from a closed Sugar Creek landfill now will help power the Lafarge Corp cement operation. The Sugar Creek Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance Monday night allowing Lafarge and Waste Management of Missouri Inc to build a gas pipeline under Courtney Road from the now-closed Rumble II landfill.
“Lafarge wants to use the methane to power their kilns,” said Stan Salva, Sugar Creek mayor. “It could amount to as much as seven per cent of the total Lafarge fuel usage.” This will not be the first use for the Rumble II methane, which is produced by decomposing garbage. In 1998, Waste Management built a greenhouse adjacent to the old landfill. Since then area high school students have received horticulture instruction in the facility, which is heated by the methane.