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Turning Waste into Energy

Waste can be used to produce electricity in one of two ways:

  • A waste to energy plant burns rubbish to produce heat and power. The volume of rubbish is reduced by 90%, which saves on the amount of landfill space needed. These power plants use pollution control equipment to control the amount of emissions going into the air.
  • In most landfill sites, plant and animal material decomposes to produce methane gas. This gas is piped out of the ground and used to generate electricity. A landfill site can produce gas for many years.

However it is much better not to produce waste in the first place. Then we donít need to go to the expense and effort to get rid of it.

More information on Waste to Energy Plants

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