Banana peels, orange rinds — an untapped energy source?
In many developing countries around the world waste is used as an energy source. For example in Guatemala many rural areas do not have infrastructure for collecting garbage, so some people burn their waste, and use the heat to cook. Often these processes create significant amount of air pollution that is damaging to human health. Fortunately, there are ways of composting natural material that create purely positive bi-products. It is a solution that Minnesota has started to consider.
There are more details in the following article, but first, what do you think we should do to handle waste in a more environmentally (specifically energy) efficient manner?
The following is by Frank Jossi Special to Finance and Commerce
Law allowing recyclers to collect organic materials could make Linden Hills an urban energy pioneer
A new state law allowing recyclers to conduct curbside pickup of organic materials could make Minneapolis the nation’s first city to use kitchen waste and compost materials as a source of energy.