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  1. #1 Trash may just end up powering our computers! 
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    http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/05/25/l...gas/index.html

    <div class='quotetop'></div><div class='quotemain'>With the growing concern for U.S. dependence on foreign oil and recognition of shrinking fossil fuel reserves, new attention is being focused on renewable sources of energy.

    One such source that already is being converted to electricity is landfill gas.

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, every person in America produces an average of 4.5 pounds of garbage per day. Much of that trash goes into landfills, which are the largest human-related source of methane in the United States.

    In 1994, the EPA formed the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. LMOP Team Leader Brian Guzzone said since methane is both a pollutant greenhouse gas and a source of energy, it offers a good opportunity to reduce greenhouse emissions and provide energy.

    About 50 percent of all of the waste that we generate as a society today is put into municipal solid waste landfills, Guzzone said. The EPA encourages the capture of the resulting landfill gas and the energy produced from it.

    The federal government has partnerships with more than 500 utilities, states, private businesses and communities. "The EPA's role is to work with communities that have landfills and help them realize the potential opportunity of their landfill," Guzzone said. That includes providing materials, technical services and community outreach.</div>
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    Yes I saw this..But Im just OMFG'ed...
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    We have a small area here somewhere. I saw it on our local news, but they have a small area where garbage is placed and they get power out of it. I think the only downside was smell LOL.... but other than that, it can power your home :P
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    Yea and there probably decrease the smell..But your saving the earth..Its not as bad as smog..
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    a little foul smell is a small price to pay for electricity...specially since you can pay 3 bucks to buy an air freshener to cover it up.

    i think this is a good idea, itll help keep the trash form building up and giving it a use.
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    but it doesn't use ALL garbage.... I think they have to sort all garbage, as people throw chemicals and such in garbage too. I know a lot of food, banana peels etc.. helps with the energy plant.
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    yea i know that. its giving some of the trash a use.
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    yeah but for the rest what if we took it to the bottem of the oceon the presscher would destroy the garbage right>?
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    well yea but then we'd be polluting the oceans.... the pressure will only crush it, not make it go away.

    newtons law: matter is never created nor destroyed.

    oh, science class, i knew you were gonna come in handy one day...
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    what about styrophome that stuff will never ever ever go away:D
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    <div class='quotetop'>(Curious George)</div><div class='quotemain'>well yea but then we'd be polluting the oceans.... the pressure will only crush it, not make it go away.

    newtons law: matter is never created nor destroyed.

    oh, science class, i knew you were gonna come in handy one day...</div>
    I dunno about that. I think that applies on earth ONLY. I think they said if they put this stuff in space and set it off, after I dunno how many years, but they said it will just breakdown. Heck I'd shoot it right into a black hole.
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    Yeah, it would breakdown after a long time, but the matter itself wouldn't be destroyed, just the material. It would just deteriorate into some other type of matter... which could be good or bad (depending on what "other type of matter" it becomes.)
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