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[GreenYes] Re: Landfill methane recovery data

Hi John

Problem with food scraps can be reduced if consumers are taught how to
re-use leftovers or preserve or how to store leftovers in the
refrigerator before it become unsafe for consumption. I think this
should be taught to the young in school so that they can come home and
tell their parents about it.

Check out the following link for a general idea:

Another solution will be to set up a center for people to call in to
collect excess food from parties or function and have them delivered to
people who need them. People who opt to do that must be registered with
a body for validation that food they supplied are edible. To get that
moving, encourage companies or shopping complexes to give out discount
vouchers for people who opt to give away their excess food. To create
awareness, start a TV programme and have a celebrity chef teach how to
create dishes out of leftovers.


<-----Original Message----->
>From: Reindl, John [Reindl@no.address]
>Sent: 3/2/2007 4:40:09 AM
>To: compostspecialist@no.address;GreenYes@no.address
>Subject: Re: [GreenYes] Re: Landfill methane recovery data
>Hi Dennis ~
>I work for a county that owns a landfill and has very up-to-date
technology for
>gas extraction and energy production, with revenues of over a million
dollars a
>When we did our food scraps recovery study, this very question came up
and our
>study's conclusion was that the removal of food would have negligible
impact on
>gas recovery at the landfill. (We used the EPA LandGEM model.)
>On the other hand, removal of food from landfills will cut down on
odors and the
>attraction of birds, flies and other vectors. And, for waste
generators, it
>means that materials don't need to be set out frequently for collection
(I set
>out material only 2-3 times a year).
>Best wishes,
>John Reindl, Recycling Manager
>Dane County, WI
>-----Original Message-----
>From: GreenYes@no.address [mailto:GreenYes@no.address]On
Behalf Of
>Dennis Sauer
>Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2007 2:16 PM
>To: GreenYes@no.address
>Subject: [GreenYes] Landfill methane recovery data
>Does anyone have recent data or studies relating to the capture rate of
>from landfills? As we expand our food scrap diversion programs we have
>criticism that we are stealing fuel from a co-generation facility at
>regional landfill. I realize that in dry tomb landfills, any reduction
>methane from removing food scraps is negligible due to the rapid
>of food scraps. This has been answered by critics who state that the
>landfill and methane recovery technology does capture methane from food
>and all of the methane generated by a landfill. I have read one study
>states: despite claims of 70-75% recovery rates, the actual amount
>recovered is more like 20%. Can anyone direct me to additional
information to
>back up this data?
>Dennis Sauer
>Compost Specialist compostspecialist@no.address
>Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District
>137 Barre St, Montpelier, Vermont 05602
>802-229-9383 Ext. 303
>800-730-9475(Vt only)
>802-229-1318 fax
>=== message truncated ===

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