Fulcrum BioEnergy broke ground to start construction for Phase 2 of its first waste-to-fuels project, the Sierra BioFuels Plant (Sierra).

Sierra will be the nation’s first commercial-scale plant converting a municipal solid waste feedstock, or household garbage, that would otherwise be landfilled, into a low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel product, "This is another really important milestone for our state and the economy to have the next big thing and one of the next big things is converting that trash into pure fuel and it is happening right behind us," explains Governor Brian Sandoval.

Fulcrum is harvesting trash from the Lockwood landfill and storing at its facility nearby. It'll eventually be taken to the new plant which should be up and running by 20-20 and will provide customers with a low-carbon fuel competitively priced with traditional petroleum fuel on a scale never before produced commercially. This new fuel will not only help reduce our carbon footprint but also makes things cheaper for airlines, and in turn passengers, "You are probably seeing fuel prices are going up so this is one of our ways to go against that and most importantly help the environment," says Charlie Hobary, a spokesperson for United Airlines.

Plus help change the world for future generations, "It is the same fuel but much cleaner it is going to reduce carbon that is impacting greenhouse gases and climate change, it will help change the long term climate change for future generations," says Jim Macias, CEO of Fulcrum Energy.

Fulcrum’s proprietary thermochemical process to convert household garbage into low-carbon transportation fuels. Fulcrum’s process has numerous social and environmental benefits, including extending the life of landfills and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Compared to the use of traditional petroleum transportation fuel, Fulcrum’s process will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80%. When the plant begins commercial operations in the first quarter of 2020, Sierra will convert approximately 175,000 tons of household garbage into more than 10.5 million gallons of fuel each year. Through Sierra, Fulcrum will create hundreds of well-paying jobs including approximately 500 during construction, 120 permanent plant operations jobs and many more indirect jobs throughout Northern Nevada.

For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com.

Fulcrum contributed to this story.