Gaston County, North Carolina owns and operates a municipal solid waste landfill, seven recycling/convenience sites, yard waste facility, household hazardous waste facility, and a power generation facility. The mission of Gaston County Solid Waste and Recycling Division is to protect the residents and natural resources of Gaston County by providing an environmentally friendly and educational atmosphere. Gaston County achieves this mission through extensive recycling programs, reuse opportunities and commodity management of landfill gas. Minimization of the environmental impacts resulting from solid waste management operations is typically achieved through an integrated approach of waste reduction, recycling, and disposal. Using this backdrop, the County developed a strategy to conserve existing resources by reducing the quantity of material disposed and by developing renewable resources from the municipal solid waste managed at the Gaston County Landfill and the resultant products of waste decomposition and recycling.