Utility turns trash to gas

DTE Energy is turning trash to gas.

DTE Energy is turning trash to gas.

The utility says it's producing natural gas for homes from the Sauk Trail Hills landfill in Canton Township in western Wayne County. Two-thousand customers are signed up and dozens more are on a waiting list.

Customers can support the program by paying $2.50 per month. DTE is calling it "green" gas because it's a renewable source of energy. Gas in produced in landfills as waste breaks down.

DTE says it has invested $2 million to build a pipeline and a meter station at the landfill. A company called Clean Energy Renewable Fuels built a plant to purify the landfill gas.