The R-Board aspires to operate the best-run landfill in Virginia. Our landfill has environmentally sound waste management policies and an active recycling program. The R-Board also operates the Belman Road Convenience Center and four satellite recycling centers located in the City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County.
The R-Board was formed in 1987 as a joint venture between the governments of Stafford County and Fredericksburg. Our continuing mission has been to provide professional, courteous, and intelligent solutions to the waste disposal needs of their residents.
The area where the Regional Landfill lies is covered with deposits from the Cretaceous Period (66 to 145 million years ago) when the area was covered by sea. Fossils of invertebrates from this period have been found at the site. These sediments became limestone which was covered with sand and clay from the Potomac River during the Tertiary Period (2.6 to 66 million years ago).
Landfill Gas to Energy
The R-Board has a gas collection system and has flared the landfill gas as required by state regulations. This is done with an open flame at extremely high temperatures. The open flame produces much heat and the R-Board has found a way to use this wasted resource: generating electricity.
The process that we use takes advantage of the gasses created as trash breaks down in an oxygen-free environment. This breakdown creates methane and carbon dioxide along with other trace gasses. A free release into the atmosphere would contribute to greenhouse gasses but our process collects this gas to generate electricity. Our two new generators now produce over 2 megawatts of electricity, enough to power over 1,300 homes per day.
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