Boy
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Boy asked in Home & GardenMaintenance & Repairs · 2 months ago

Does the garbage company make natural gas from all the trash? ?

The garbage company or waste management does something with that trash they collect.

Do they make natural gas? 

Update:

I know natural gas is made by fossil fuels but I believe also that the garbage company may manufacturer it also 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    No, they don't manufacturer it but with all the green cuttings and vegetable matter it ferments underground to make gas. which they either burn off or introduce into the natural gas lines.  It is a small amount.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Garbage troll strikes again.

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  • 2 months ago

    It would be methane gas coming from the dump and yes, sometimes they collect it. Often just to burn it off as that is less harmful than releasing it to the atmosphere.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Ours is a steam powered electric generator.

    It is burned.

    The town is noted for damaging small appliances due to the city's inability to control the amperage during generation.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Your question isn't as crazy as it sounds.  Mostly the answer is "no" but sometimes it's "yes."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste-to-energy

    See in particular:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landfill_gas_utiliza...

    This isn't as widespread as it could be due to the high initial costs required to get the system up and running.  Mostly landfill is just buried.  If you're lucky local government incentivize people to dispose of dangerous waste safely and NOT send them to landfill and they use geotextiles to protect the groundwater and surrounding area from runoff.  All too often they just bury it and pretend/hope that there won't be a problem down the line.  One day we'll be mining those landfill sites for rare earths and precious metals from all the discarded electronic junk.

    In my mom's hometown food and garden waste are sent to giant biodigester:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaerobic_digestion

    And soft plastics which are unprofittable to recycle are incinerated (they have a high caloric value), they even buy in garbage to burn from other local government districts.  Both the biodigested fuel and incinerated garbage provide district heating through a complex series of interchangers, so it's a win-win all around.  

    I would love for my city council to do similar but as soon as you mention garbage people don't want to hear about it, they just want it to go away, hence I pay my taxes for - landfill of the old-fashioned, "let's bury it and pretend it's not going to be a problem kind."  Meanwhile Copenhagen has put their incinerator in the city itself so that the population have an incentive to keep their civic leaders to account and maintain the thing so that it operates efficiently and safely.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amager_Bakke

  • elhigh
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Some waste treatment facilities do harvest the gas generated by landfills, but more often I see them flaring it off.  Too bad, I think that's wasting a useful resource.

  • 2 months ago

    Methane is a byproduct of waste.

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