Saturday, July 11, 2009

PhotoHunt - Burning garbage

Frederick and Carroll counties are considering a joint waste-to-energy project, using garbage as fuel to generate electricity. There has been a lot of opposition to the project, including this poster on the side of a two-story house. Both county governments recently decided to go ahead with planning for the project. There are a number of hurdles to jump before the project gets going: funding, state permits, federal approvals and continuing political opposition. It will take several years before the plant goes into operation if it clears all the hurdles. There are several waste-to-energy plants in operation in Maryland, including one in Montgomery County just to the south of Frederick.

10 comments:

Greyscale Territory said...

Waste to energy could be a great idea if only there was some guarantee that the environment would not be polluted in the process! Interesting post!

Arene said...

i think the project is not bad as long as it can pose harm to the environment (ozone layer)

my garbage is now up. Happy weekend!

Teena in Toronto said...

Very effective!

I played too :)

Sherry at EX Marks the Spot said...

Interesting. I love visiting sites that give information also. That's great.

Tara R. said...

If it could be done without additional pollution, waste incinerator could be an effective energy generator. Good choice for this week's theme.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Hmm.. so what is bad with this idea?

Have a great weekend.

srp said...

I don't see anything wrong with this idea... I am sure there are enough pollution regulations already in effect from previous work on steel mills and other factory smoke that the technology is there to make it safe. Incineration is the only safe way to dispose of medical waste and prevent disease. My construction trash or garbage is up.

kaye said...

nice reminder.
my photo hunt is here Thanks

Anneke (Mudhooks) said...

Apparently, the only by-product of waste-to-energy is water. When you consider the scale of pollution caused by landfills, clean use of garbage to energy is the best alternative.

I was watching something on the project in Holland, I think it was. They are able to remove all plastics and metals and recycle them, as well as glass and other materials leaving only the organic material used for fuel.

Frankly, I would rather live next to a power incinerator than next to a landfill.

My post gives a historical perspective on 100% waste use in Victorian London. They may not have had methods of doing it cleanly but 100% was reused.

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