Massachusetts wants food waste converted to energy

"The plan calls for food waste to be shipped to a facility that uses anaerobic digestion to covert food waste into a biogas that produces electricity and heat."(Catherine Kavanaugh)

“The plan calls for food waste to be shipped to a facility that uses anaerobic digestion to covert food waste into a biogas that produces electricity and heat.”(Catherine Kavanaugh)

Massachusetts is taking a leadership role in Food Waste to Energy.  To aggressively start the program they plan to financially support anaerobic digestion projects and ban food waste disposal in landfills.

Who is impacted? Only large institutions like businesses, hospitals, restaurants, hotels and universities that generate at least 1 ton of organic waste per week.  The proposed ban on disposing food waste in landfills could start July 1, 2014.

“Through these dual initiatives, the Commonwealth is paving the way for public-private partnerships to develop a new, environmentally-friendly, renewable energy producing industry which will not only keep our communities clean but also create jobs and revenue.”  -Senator Gale D. Candaras

Read more about this public-private waste to energy partnership in Massachusetts here.

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