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Landfill Provides Free Electricity


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JL
- 476 days ago - news.discovery.com
Teresita Mabignay does her ironing using free electricity on the slope of a garbage dump, an unlikely beneficiary of efforts to turn the Philippines' growing rubbish problems into a clean-energy windfall.



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JL A. (272)
Monday April 8, 2013, 4:54 pm
copywritten article at site
 

Christeen Anderson (480)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:12 pm
This sounds like it could be really good news. Thanks for sharing.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:47 pm
You are welcome Christeen. You cannot currently send a star to Christeen because you have done so within the last day.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Monday April 8, 2013, 6:01 pm
Not really, Christeen. what it shows is that as always there's two sides to everything.. and two wrongs just don't make one right. So Greenpeace is quite correct. Personally I 've never thought much of this whole carbon trade business anyway; it is not encouraging rich industrial nations with the largest footprint to take serious steps to tackle their problems. All about making money-same old, same old.. thx.
 

Konstantin Trubin (552)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:37 pm
Thank you.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:39 pm
You are welcome Konstantin.
 

Michael O. (170)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:27 am
Thanks for posting this JL.

The benefits from such projects are two-fold. Not only do we avoid burning fossil fuels to produce energy, but we prevent methane, a very potent greenhouse gas, from escaping into the atmosphere, where it can do harm.

There are plans to build a biomethanization installation in my suburb of Montreal and I'm hoping that it doesn't get delayed. What could be better than turning garbage into something useful?
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 6:39 am
To avoid mass garbage in the first place, would spare the costs of processing it, Michael. THAT should be the #1 goal. but of course meanwhile this capture of methane and turning it into something useful is a good bridge measure.
 

Aaron Bouchard (125)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:29 am
Noted thanks
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:42 am
You are welcome Michael.
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JL A. (272)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 10:09 am
You are welcome Aaron.
 

Michael Kirkby (83)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 10:21 am
I would like a unit that converts garbage into energy like they had in that old eighties movie "Back To The Future".
 

Nancy M. (201)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 10:44 am
Angelika, I do hear your point about this mass garbage. And agree- much better to recyle as much as possible and plain old consume less.

But I also know that there are some municipalities in the US that are harvesting that methane and using it in some way. I see it as a win-win given that many of these landfills have been around for a long time and have been spewing methane which is a greenhouse gas. harvesting it is a good idea given that it is happening naturally anyway. Using it then for energy is a better idea too. Thus- win-win. One step along the way to improve our planet. Albeit a small one.
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 11:39 am
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Barbara K. (87)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 12:20 pm
What a great idea. We should be able to do that here instead of burying trash to end up in our water supplies.
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 12:23 pm
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Lynn Squance (227)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 11:39 pm
"Decomposing rubbish produces methane, which is one of the greenhouse gases that scientists blame for global warming, and turning it into electricity saves it from rising up into the atmosphere while reducing the need to burn fossil fuels."

We will likely never get rid of garbage 100%, and lord knows there are so many landfills now, that this could really help. I agree we should be looking to 'reduce, reuse,recycle' moving forward, but this would help with existing landfills.
 

JL A. (272)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 8:44 am
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