Eagerly-awaited Technology Turns Garbage into Fuel
May 19, 2014 10:01 AMWhen a garbage truck dumps its smelly cargo onto the tipping floor at the Fiberight company’s pilot plant in southern Virginia, manager Randy Garrett sees fuel in the making.
“This is the truly remarkable part,” he said. “This was slated for the landfill. This was going to be buried.”
Fiberight is one of several companies that plans to turn garbage ‒ and in other cases, corn stalks and wheat straw ‒ into biofuel ethanol that can power vehicles, in a development that lends credence to the old adage, "one person's trash is another's treasure."
It's one of the most eagerly awaited technologies in alternative fuel and is expected to break into the mainstream this year.
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