Student Objectives. Use the information gained to make responsible choices in selecting everyday products and services using scientific information Evaluate the impact of waste management methods such as reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting on resource availability.
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What do we do with all of this trash?
FYI - Dallas' garbage on its way to becoming Dallas' energy
11:52 PM CDT on Saturday, July 12, 2008
By RUDOLPH BUSH / The Dallas Morning Newsrbush@dallasnews.com
Now, the city has a plan to make the McCommas landfill the first in Texas to use biotechnology to rapidly produce methane gas
If the plan works, it will essentially turn the landfill into a giant compost pile that could produce enough natural gas to serve the needs of some 16,000 homes.
“Even though it looks like we’re just burying trash, it’s really a huge science project,” said Ron Smith, assistant director of the city’s sanitation department. “It’s probably going to end up being the largest in the country.”
The Hierarchy of Waste Management
1. Reduce (Minimization) 2. Reuse 3. Recycle 4. Recovery of energy from waste by composting, anaerobic digestion, incineration etc. 5. Landfilling