No MSM on this – Wyoming landfill burying used windmill blades

(Link has been repaired.) More than 900 gigantic blades from just three wind farms to be buried in the Casper Regional Landfill. (I thought this was supposed to be ‘sustainable’ energy.)

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

Casper Solid Waste Manager, Cynthia Langston, said that though the motor houses can be crushed, the blades are simply un-recyclable: They’re too strong.

“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,” said Langston.

Look at how huge these monsters are! See photo: (Note: It takes many seconds for this article to load.)

Thanks to Bill Sellers for this link

Here’s another link with a different photo:
Thanks to Oz Steamer for this link

Here’s another link to the same article. Unfortunately, this link does not include a photo.

This article on Bloomberg says there are more than 1,000 blades being buried:

50 thoughts on “No MSM on this – Wyoming landfill burying used windmill blades”

  1. WOW! Fiberglass blades that need to be replaced. How long before the next set of blades that can’t be recycled also need to be replaced? And a real question here, what was the lifetime originally proposed with these blades? Was this an expected replacement at this time?

    • From Cowboystatedaily link above:
      Each turbine blade will need between 30 and 44.8 cubic yards of landfill space, using a total of 448,000 cubic yards of the 2.6 million yards set aside for construction and demolition material. The components are made of a fiberglass material that is one of the most inert, non-toxic materials accepted at CRL, Langston said.

      The average lifespan of a wind turbine is 20 to 25 years, and wind farms repurpose and recycle 90 percent of the materials in a wind turbine unit. The only materials not recycled are the fiberglass blades and motor housings. Nationwide, there are nearly 50,000 wind turbines, with 2,700 being decommissioned since the energy boom of the 1970s.

      The process of manufacturing fiberglass is called pultrusion. The manufacturing process for glass fibers suitable for reinforcement uses large furnaces to gradually melt the silica sand, limestone, kaolin clay, fluorspar, colemanite, dolomite and other minerals until a liquid forms. It is then extruded through bushings, which are bundles of very small orifices (typically 5–25 micrometres in diameter for E-Glass, 9 micrometres for S-Glass).[11]

      These filaments are then sized (coated) with a chemical solution. The individual filaments are now bundled in large numbers to provide a roving. The diameter of the filaments, and the number of filaments in the roving, determine its weight, typically expressed in one of two measurement systems:

      yield, or yards per pound (the number of yards of fiber in one pound of material; thus a smaller number means a heavier roving). Examples of standard yields are 225yield, 450yield, 675yield.
      tex, or grams per km (how many grams 1 km of roving weighs, inverted from yield; thus a smaller number means a lighter roving). Examples of standard tex are 750tex, 1100tex, 2200tex.
      These rovings are then either used directly in a composite application such as pultrusion, filament winding (pipe), gun roving (where an automated gun chops the glass into short lengths and drops it into a jet of resin, projected onto the surface of a mold), or in an intermediary step, to manufacture fabrics such as chopped strand mat (CSM) (made of randomly oriented small cut lengths of fiber all bonded together), woven fabrics, knit fabrics or uni-directional fabrics.

      Requires significant High tempretures – provide by Electric furnaces power by Carbon.

      The plastic matrix may be a thermoset polymer matrix—most often based on thermosetting polymers such as epoxy, polyester resin, or vinylester—or a thermoplastic.

      Made from Hydrocarbons

    • yeah, they imply the motors n bits are recycled
      last I heard you can NOT recycle rare earth formed into hardened magnets around the motor(stator?) and theres many hundred of kilos of that substance in every one

  2. What a waste! On the other hand if there were internal spaces that were big enough for making habitable spaces perhaps homeless shelters could be made of them. One should look for the goods in every situation.

    • similar thoughts;-) theyre damned large and could be slit longways not into sections and then used as walls for something surely?
      though the cutting would be a health issue and theyd be a fire problem I guess being such lovely flammable resin based items.
      maybe left entire and used as insulated walls for warehouses?


    Here’s a link that actually shows the discarded wind turbine blades in a landfill.

    Here are points to ponder as you look at the ugly wind turbine blades in a landfill:

    How many raptors (birds of prey) did each blade kill?

    Would a “well to the wheel” analysis for each dead wind turbine blade show more energy was produced than spent fabricating, shipping, installing, maintaining and mothballing each dead wind turbine blade?

  4. We followed a truck carrying one of these blades for about 20 miles last week on our way from Laramie to Casper. The blade was, in fact, in 3 pieces. It’s interesting to read this after seeing the truck. We saw another truck, empty, but with the exact same rigging headed the opposite direction s while later.

  5. I remember when, I was in an Environmental Management program at Rochester Institute of Technology (I graduated with honors), and we were talking about life cycle analysis. It is a difficult task, but, if one is concerned about the environment, a necessary task. It is beyond my ken that supposedly “smart” folks did not factor the costs of mining, transportation, manufacture, transportation. construction and disposal into their considerations when these things were considered. It just shows the whole thing is about who can buy which politician. IT is about the money. How much can we steal from tax payers and rate payers before they revolt? How much can I, as a politician, steal from folks wanting to buy me before I get hung?

  6. “Motor houses” – funny, those are the nacelles, which house the generator, gearbox, electrical cabinets, etc. Keep in mind, 900 blades is just three-hundred wind turbines.

    Across the US, Windplants are “Repowering” which means that existing turbines are retrofitted to produce more power. The upgrade consists of larger blades and rotors, at a minimum, maybe new gearboxes and generators – depends on the model. So 300 WTG (wind turbine generators) is simply one location. There are a hell of a lot more blades to deal with.

  7. thanks for this;-)
    I will be sharing it widely
    ha ha ha
    only the slime that might grow on them eventually will be green

  8. wow Robert or Bill I DO hope you copied the info?
    because its been removed already!!!
    might be a wee bit “sensitive” for the greenwashed ones

  9. There’s got to be a lot of embarrassment around this story. The web page has been shut down/moved rot where it cannot seen. Out of sight, out of mind????

  10. As usual no one thinks about consequences for the future. That will be on the agenda of the next generations. Now, one can make a fortune based on taxpayers money, they will get back electricity for their money. So, it’s win-win-win as: the citizens wins, economy grows, green politicians are staying in the winning mood. Be prepared for the opposite.

  11. For a 1.5-MW turbine, typical blades should measure 110 ft to 124 ft (34m to 38m) in length, weigh 11,500 lb/5,216 kg and cost roughly $100,000 to $125,000 each. Rated at 3.0 MW, a turbine’s blades are about 155 ft/47m in length, weigh about 27,000 lb/12,474 kg and are valued at roughly $250,000 to $300,000 each.Jun 1, 2008
    THESE BLADE SHOuld HAVE BEEN ANCHORED SOMEWHERE IN THE PACIFIC OR ATLANTIC TO MAKE STRUCTURES FOR fish habitat.They are made out of fiberglass so no corrosion.what a waste at these 2008 price estimates.

    • now THAT!!!! is a brilliant idea
      theyd also make nifty seawalls for all those (I am joking) sinking islands in the pacific
      but hell wouldnt it be great to offer them to kiribas and tuuvalu as a nice gesture towards their (non existant) problem of wave erosion on the incoming sea sides;-))) roflmao

  12. It would seem most likely that the energy produced by most windmills never covers the costs of mining, transportation, manufacture, transportation. construction. disposal and maintenance of the windmill

    Which makes it a complete, unnecessary waste of time, resources and money.

  13. Dinging the leading edge of those blades with a bullet is a good way to take down these monstrous invaders of our landscapes.

    • you mean “accidentally” hitting the turbine blades while trying to scare birds away from being k illed BY them of course;-))

  14. Wow, wonder how many hawks and eagles those killed? Not to mention many other types of birds. You hear about birds of prey but any bird that can fly is vulnerable to being smashed by turbines.

  15. All the links in this article seem to be working now. Too much demand on the servers whan this was first posted. This happens lots. More and more people are interested in alternate stories about the environment. Things seem to be improving these days. Better than it seems.!

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