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Old 12-10-2009, 09:51 PM   #1
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Not Your Grandma’s Compost
In-vessel Composting Offers Great Green Promise
By Brian Clark Howard

Not Your Grandma’s Compost : In-vessel Composting Offers Great Green Promise (By Brian Clark Howard)
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While Smith-Sebasto was a professor at Montclair State University, he diverted 60,000 pounds of the college’s food waste from landfills. The scraps were mixed with wood chips (to extract moisture and provide carbon) donated from a local cabinetmaker. The unit slowly rotates and heats the material to 135 degrees. It can process about 500 pounds of food residue a day, for less than $2 in electricity.
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If all of the food waste generated each year in the U.S. were composted instead of landfilled, the resultant reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions would be equal to taking 6 million cars off the road, he says. Plus, when organic waste is dumped in a landfill, it breaks down slowly through anaerobic decay. That releases methane, which is 25 times more potent than CO2.
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