Bu, bu, but Algore told me that green is good!/s
Liberals always produce the opposite effect of their intent.
The solution for very gassy landfills is to drill some wells, collect and condition the gas, and run it into a gas turbine genset. This is nothing new, in fact it is a common practice.
Remarkably silly article.
The engineered-to-be-biodegradable products are a tiny proportion of the total biodegradable materials in every landfill.
Food waste, contents of disposable diapers, newspapers (a lot fewer of these than in the past), yard waste, paper of all types, etc., etc.
Whether the plastic bag around a mass of biodegradable materials is itself also biodegradable seems much ado about very little.
Methane, CH4, is the smallest hydrocarbon molecule, and is known to leak into the atmosphere in several places on the globe. Check up what “swampgas” is.
We have an abundance of CH4 (natural gas) in the ground and on the sea floor. Some of it, because of its small molecular size will seep out to the atmosphere — it plainly cannot be prevented.
Do other biological processes on earth consume methane, or does it just stay out there in the atmosphere to work its mischief? Surely earth has had its share of methane swamps for ages.
“Biodegradeable” means to “break down” by “natural processes” in the soil - as opposed to remaining in tact,
which means to be “metabolized” by organisms in the soil,
which means to be “consumed”, “eaten” by organisms in the soil;
and, as it seems, farts are mostly methane and even refuse devouring organisms in the soil fart while they eat, and given as much as we feed them, they fart a lot.
Now who wasn’t smarter than a fifth grader?
Nothing is “environmentally-friendly”, once its in a landfill !! They are, in essence, a stewpot of varigated chemicals, organics and metals being “cooked” by the heat of decomposition while discharging toxics in varying levels in the form of gasses or lechates. Smart operators grab the methane by-product.
On the “plus” side, our landfills are also repositories of valuable metals/chemicals “scrapped” in more prolifigate eras. They’re also a repository of valuable data on our life-styles, history and culture. >PS
I’ve been a little disgusted with some of
those biodegradable products that biodegrade
before I get a chance to use them.