Green energy will soon be helping to power homes, following Waste Management’s announcement today on the groundbreaking of a gas-to-electric facility at Mahoning Landfill in New Springfield, Ohio.

Once construction is completed, Waste Management Mahoning Landfill is designed to generate 4.8 megawatts of electricity, enough to power over 3,500 homes. The plant will be operational by the end of this year.

Methane gas, which is produced in the landfill from the decomposition of waste, will be channeled into engines that are used to create electricity. The electricity generated at Waste Management Mahoning Landfill will go into the electrical power grid.