Filthy Future: Millions of Toxic Wind Turbine Blades To Be Shredded & Sent to Landfills

While the wind industry works overtime to bury a range of inconvenient facts, it’s actually burying millions of tons of toxic waste, among a list of other environmental sins.

Wind turbines don’t run on wind, they run on subsidies: cut the subsidies and once these things inevitably grind to a halt, they’ll never be replaced.

With an economic lifespan of something like 10-12 years (rather than the overblown 25 put forward by turbine makers and wind power outfits), over the next decade countries like Germany will be left with hundreds of thousands of 2-300 tonne ‘problems’ littering the landscape. With hundreds of turbines totally kaput, Germans have already been smacked with the harsh and toxic reality of their government’s so-called ‘green’ obsession.

And they aren’t alone.

Wyoming’s wind industry has barely got going and already wind power outfits are sending thousands of tonnes of toxic waste to landfill: the first batch of 900 45m blades have just landed at the tip – each one weighing in at around 10 tonnes.

While the owners of the waste facilities concerned are worried about the enormous amount of space being taken up, those surrounding these tips ought to be more concerned about the toxic cocktail of chemicals that will eventually find their way into underground streams and, ultimately, their water supply.

Casper Regional Landfill begins burying turbine blades
Wyoming News
Kody Allen
18 September 2019

CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) One wind farm in Glenrock and two from the Saratoga area have partnered with the Casper Regional Landfill to dispose of their old wind turbine blades.

More than 900 blades will be brought to the landfill beginning now until the end of next spring.

The Casper Solid Waste Manager, Cynthia Langston, said that though most turbine blades can be reused, there are some that are simply un-recyclable.

“Ninety percent of the turbines are completely reclaimed, recycled, and reused, but there is ten percent that is fiberglass, so those are coming to us from three different farms in the state.”

Langston said that though the motor houses can be crushed, the blades are too strong.

To save space, they cut each blade into three separate parts before transporting them, then stack them on each other to be buried.

Langston said that Casper was the only facility in the region that could handle such a project.

“So Casper happens to be, I think it is, the biggest landfill facility in the state of Wyoming. These blades are really big, and they take up a lot of airspace, and our unlined area is very, very large, and it’s going to last hundreds of years.”

She also mentioned that Casper is the only landfill in the state that has the certification to show that it is environmentally responsible, but being conscious for the Earth isn’t the only reason Casper decided to bring the project to the city.

They are making a pretty large profit from the deal; $675,485 to be exact.

“So the revenue from the special projects, um, that go in the unlined area, help with the whole cost of our facility so it keeps all of our rates low. Helping with the revenue source, so absolutely, we’re making money on it.”

Keeping prices low is important to the CRL, as they are the lowest price landfill in the state, much in thanks to these types of special projects.

Expect to see more blades come to the landfill at least until the end of next spring as more turbines are replaced or decommissioned.
Wyoming News

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Comments

  1. Reblogged this on ECO-ENERGY DATABASE and commented:
    …If anyone in the UK government department responsible is reading this, please would they comment on the situation in the whole of the UK in respect of turbine blades going to into landfill?

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    I am not so sure that this waste is toxic strictly speaking. Nor that there will be chemicals leaching from degrading blades in a semi-arid and cold climate.
    Fibreglass boats have sailed in the Sydney to Hobart race for a number of years without any need to cut them up. One of the earliest fibreglass boats, if not the first, was built to sail in that race, and was still in excellnt condition 23 years later (although “semi-retired” to sailing around Pittwater and Sydney Harbour).
    That they have to dump the blades after 12 years shows how many problems wind turbines have.

  3. And these pollies have not got the massage yet? Talk about dumb!

  4. Reblogged this on Climate- Science.press.

  5. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

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