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The Benefits of Turning Waste Into Renewable Energy

Posted on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

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The world population is growing at an exponential rate, and as such, more people are consuming products that require packaging, meaning that waste has become a way of life for most of us.

This comes in the form of plastic packaging, food scraps and used electronics that have reached the end of their lives in terms of usability. It is estimated that the average person produces one ton of waste in a year. This has adverse effects on the environment, as the conventional method of collecting waste and putting it into a landfill is no longer viable. This is why is has become important to look into ways into which waste can be converted to renewable waste energy.

Waste that collects in a landfill starts forming landfill gas, which can be converted into sources of energy for the following energy needs:

  • Natural gas
  • Fuel cells
  • Vehicle fuel
  • Steam
  • Electricity

What are the advantages of turning waste into the energy solutions above?

A community that is involved in the proper recycling of waste benefits by having cleaner rivers and water sources. Each year, many industries pump waste products into rivers and seas. This leads to decline in population of entire species of animals and the contamination of our drinking water sources. Proper disposal and turning waste into renewable energy means that the community will enjoy a cleaner and healthier ecosystem that enhances the quality of life.

Waste can also be turned into electricity through anaerobic digestion, meaning that enough power could be generated to power millions of homes. Constant power outages will be a thing of the past, and communities will rest easy knowing that they are playing a part in the search and supply of energy sources that are sustainable and renewable.

Turning waste into energy has the potential to create jobs for many people in a community, which drives down the unemployment rates and gives young people constructive and profitable ways of spending their time.

As landfills diminish through the transformation of waste into energy, overall air quality increases, and offending smells that originate from landfills decrease.

It's Catching On!

New York, one of the largest cities in the world, is currently seeking ways in which it can transform waste into energy. This trend is replicated all over the world, meaning that the world has awoken to a new consciousness, having seen the many benefits that this transformation produces.

Along with disposing of trash in a responsible manner, it also creates and supplies energy. In a society focused on going "green" and becoming more responsible in our energy consumption and trash disposal, this method addresses both needs and goes a long way toward achieving ecological balance.

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