8:34 PM EDT, May 18, 2012
Indiana is number one in the country for generating waste. In fact, the rate is 2.1 tons per person each day! Now, a special forum is working to change that.
Leaders met at the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at IUPUI Friday to learn more about waste-to-energy technologies.
Cities can use the energy content from waste to generate electricity. Trash that is delivered to landfills is first sorted. All recyclable materials are removed and recycled. The trash is then compacted or incinerated. The energy generated from that is then turned into electricity and put back into the power grid.
The goal of the forum was to connect industry leaders with policy makers to solve Indiana’s waste build up problem.
"If we could start turning that waste into valuable products, we'd have less petroleum we'd import from other places, less coal we dig out of the ground, and less feed stock for chemicals we're getting from non-renewable sources,” said Peter Schubert, Director of the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy.Right now, energy made from waste at the South Side Indianapolis Landfill is used to partially power the Rolls Royce Factory.
Waste-to-energy policies have prevented nearly $105 million tons of carbon dioxide being released into our environment since 2009.