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Going Green In KELOLAND

April 22, 2014, 7:15 AM by Stephanie Gregory

Going Green In KELOLAND

Creating a healthy environment is important to many.

"Mainly we do it because it is it right thing to do. It's a lot better for the environment," landfill superintendent Dave McElroy said.

McElroy says each day pipelines pump out methane gas from the landfill and send it to the Poet Ethanol plant. Poet then uses it to create its renewable fuel, ethanol.

"We're benefiting the environment because if we were just to let that gas escape out into the atmosphere it would damage the greenhouse gas layer," McElroy said.

McElroy says the amount of gas the landfill keeps from getting into air is quite a bit.

"It's basically the equivalent to removing 50,000 vehicles from the road. That's one of the major benefits of the landfill gas pipeline," McElroy said.

Not everyone is creating renewable resources with such a massive undertaking. The city of Sioux Falls sustainability program wants to see people go green with a simple pledge called the "Green Pledge."

"Really, our main goal with this program is to help reduce the amount of trash that is being generated and improve the amount of recycling that is sent to our recycling facilities," City of Sioux Falls Sustainability Coordinator Jamison Reginek said.

The pledge can be taken by anyone online. According to the sustainability coordinator, it promotes an overall awareness by doing small things like using a water bottle or cleaning with safe products you can find at home, like an orange peel or vinegar, or simply just recycling.

"My perspective on sustainability is always making something that works for you as an individual. If you try to dive in head first you might sink, you might not swim. It's always easier to find things that can easily be adapted to your lifestyle," Reginek said.

When you sign the “Green Pledge” you can get emails with tips on how to go green. Click here more information on the “Green Pledge."

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