The Glendale City Council this week scheduled a May 14 study session to consider a proposal to build an $8.7-million waste-to-energy system that will transport gas produced from decomposing trash at the Scholl Canyon Landfill to the city's power plant.
The innovative system is expected to save the city as much as $2.4 million a year, provide electricity for up to 30,000 Glendale residents and prevent more than 30 tons of emissions from dissipating into the atmosphere, officials said.
The council will consider a proposal by Glendale's Public Works Department and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, operator of the landfill, to jointly build and run the system.
Four private companies also have submitted proposals.
Methane gas, produced by decomposition of rotting debris, now is captured and burned off at the Scholl landfill, a 410-acre site in two canyons in Glendale, said Kerry Morford, Glendale's assistant director of public works.