The decomposition of waste in landfills actually accounts for some of the largest emissions of methane related to human activity. Methane production varies depending on the characteristics of landfills. The gas is produced when organic materials, such as food waste, household waste, or other waste among the like, are decomposed by bacteria with the absence of oxygen. The methane travels through the landfill cover when a gas recovery system does not capture it. While soil oxidizes some of the methane gas, 90% is emitted into the air. The emission of methane gas accounts for some of the cause of global warming.
Funny you should mention that. My mom just put a magazine article on my desk this morning about how our town is using Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from its landfill to power their garbage collection vehicles in a “closed-loop” cycle. So, yes! It is hip and happening!
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