“Efficient vehicles aren’t the only thing produced at GM’s Orion Assembly plant in Michigan. The home of the Chevrolet Bolt EV also generates more than half of its energy from renewable landfill gas – a feat that got the attention of the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership that tracks such activity. The facility now ranks as the eighth largest user of green power generated onsite in the U.S. among Green Power Partnership Partners.

GM is committed to using clean power to build a cleaner car. So how exactly does the automaker turn trash into energy?

The energy is a byproduct of microorganisms naturally breaking down in organic material like food, paper and garden waste at a landfill located just couple of miles up the road.

Landfill gas is made up of about 50 percent methane and 50 percent carbon dioxide. It rises to the top of the landfill where it collects in pipes. Next, it’s burned, or “flared…”

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