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Re: “Is biodegradability overrated?

This sounds like something put out by APR. Biodegradation isn’t an answer all by itself and neither is recycling. The answer is Product Stewardship……..all products and packaging much be designed to be used, reused, recycled and once it is in a landfill, biodegradable. And that’s not the end of the story. Biodegradable products in the anaerobic environment of a landfill produce methane and as we all know, methane is a greenhouse gas. Methane produced in a landfill is also known as landfill gas and LFG’s are being captured to produce clean energy. The federal government in the U.S. has mandated that all landfills capture landfill gases. The most efficient type of landfill is the “bioreactor” landfill. It is specifically designed to enhance and capture landfill gases. Many landfill sites are now selling the gas they produce…..what better use for our garbage than to turn it into clean energy. So it isn’t just about the recycling industry, or the waste management industry, or manufacturers of biodegradable products…….it’s about a combined, joint effort from all of us. If we chose to put our industry over the good of the environment then we and future generation lose. If we decide to work together then maybe a 20-30 percent recycle rate will be good enough. Max

Posted by Max Clark on 12/29/2009 at 9:48 PM

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