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When looking for ways to eliminate household and industrial waste, one of the first methods both individuals and municipalities consider is incineration. Initially, this seems like an excellent option: trash is burned, which reduces the amount that goes into landfills. However, incineration is not suitable for all forms of waste. Knowing the difference can help ensure that waste is disposed of properly, with minimal harm to the environment.
Efforts to recycle waste have long since dominated the discussion on trash disposal. Recycling plastics is a complex process but it’s far more efficient for the planet than leaving them to degrade on a landfill. Plastic recycling pertains to taking plastic waste and making something new out of it.
Organic waste like yard trimmings, wood, paper, and food produces millions of tons of methane emissions—in landfills, methane has about 30 times higher global warming impact than carbon dioxide. But, what if we told you that waste could actually be used to produce renewable natural gas and liquid fuels, including gasoline and diesel? It can be done through a process known as waste-to-energy..