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Food Waste to Energy

Jim Newton, P.E., DEE

To protect human health and the environment, communities must have adequate infrastructure to handle waste, critically the waste that is thrown away. Modern solid waste management approaches have remedied many of the historically aesthetic, ecological and public health problems. But they have engendered systems that contribute crises, such as climate change.

By diverting energy rich food waste from landfills to existing or proposed anaerobic digesters at Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs), co-digestion can help communities manage wastes more sustainably, generate renewable energy and continue to provide essential services at affordable rates.

In this course, you are required to study the US EPA publication, “Food Waste to Energy: How Six Water resource recovery Facilities are Boosting Biogas Production and the Bottom Line” provided as a pdf document as a part of this course. This document describes the steps utilities to develop and implement greenhouse gas reduction programs by converting food waste to energy.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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