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NYC To Use Food Waste To Heat Homes

NYC To Use Food Waste To Heat Homes
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The city of New York has approved a plan to convert organic waste and wastewater into biogas.

Daniela Walker
  • 23 december 2013

Doc Brown’s flux capacitor was run using rotting banana peels and other bio fuel, now New York City will also be harnessing the power of food waste, turning thousands of pounds of garbage into methane gas that will be used to heat homes.

The Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway announced plans to transport food waste from public schools and 100,000 homes to Brooklyn where they will be mixed with wastewater and converted into methane, the central component to natural gas. At a press conference announcing the project, Deputy Mayor  Holloway said:

This is the ultimate renewable energy resource. This first-of-its kind renewable energy project will harness part of the 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater that New Yorkers generate every day.

Currently the pilot program collects waste from 200 schools, with plane to expand to 400 schools.  Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty told the New York Daily News:

Earlier we would just bury the waste. With composting and food waste management we have something new here. A project like this will help protect the environment for our grandchildren.

Source, Images: New York Daily News

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