How does garbage get turned into energy? Do we burn it instead of coal?



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    Solid waste energy production plants use plasma incineration to turn garbage into energy. They use large plasma torches which burn as hot as the surface of the sun to incinerate the garbage with such force that the molecules are split apart. What is left is gases of carbon monoxide and hydrogen and a solid waste product that resembles obsidian and can be used in asphalt. The gas product is then burned like in a natural gas energy plant to create enough energy to run the plant and create a surplus to sell to the energy grid. The plant create CO2 emission at about the same rate as a natural gas plant.

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