The growing demand for space and financial resources to manage current and new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills has become a massive challenge for several countries. Additionally, landfills contribute to adverse environmental impacts such as pollution and CO2 (carbon dioxide) and CH4 (methane) emissions. This paper has analyzed the possibility of producing biogas from landfilled MSW. An easily degradable fraction of landfilled MSW with 8 years of landfilling was mined and subjected to chemical characterization and elemental composition analysis. The abbreviation for the study sample was called ED8 - Mined. The low values of lignin (24.5%) and nitrogen content (0.7%) and high values of holocellulose (75.9%) and C/N (46.1%) on dry basis were obtained resulting in materials with the potential to be used for biogas generation. Recalcitrant materials were found in greater amounts than easily biodegradable fresh MSW fractions. The reuse of energy from landfilled MSW can contribute positively to the country's environment and economy, reducing environmental liabilities and generating energy in a controlled way. In Delta A Sanitary Landfill, Southeastern Brazil, the recovery of the ED8 - Mined would reflect a significant recovery of about 100,000 tonnes of landfilled materials for annual MSW cells of about 450,000 tonnes, allowing recovery of materials and space expansion for rejects. fx1. © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2022, Springer Nature or its licensor holds exclusive rights to this article under a publishing agreement with the author(s) or other rightsholder(s); author self-archiving of the accepted manuscript version of this article is solely governed by the terms of such publishing agreement and applicable law.