landfills

Wind energy is still relatively new in the United States, but there’s a big problem ahead for the industry — what to do with the 170-foot, 22,000-pound blades when they need to be taken down and replaced.

Many landfills won’t take them, and the fiberglass materials are difficult to recycle.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd asks Karl Englund, an engineering professor at Washington State University, about the industry’s attempts to the solve the problem before it becomes a crisis.

Kate Carlton

It’s been nearly a year since a series of tornadoes devastated central Oklahoma, destroying homes, parks and commercial buildings. During the recovery process, construction crews gathered over 300,000 tons of debris between just Oklahoma City and Moore. 

Jeff Bedick is the District Manager for Waste Connections, which operates a landfill in west Oklahoma City. The facility sits on 200 acres, which mostly just looks like a giant, grass-covered hill on the side of the highway.