To live is a state where landfills are a thing of the past through the recovery of energy from waste, recycling where feasible and by restoring existing landfills.
wastenotIOWA is an organization of citizens dedicated to making IOWA a landfill-free zone. To accomplish this we will:
- INFORM the public of the environmental hazards created by burying waste.
- STUDY alternative technologies of waste management including enhanced recycling practices, gasification and plasma arc systems.
- EXPAND recognition of the opportunities made possible by harvesting waste as a renewable energy resource.
- EDUCATE the public and decision makers alike on state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly, and effective waste handling alternatives to landfills.
- INCREASE the number of IOWANS committed to waste-to-energy ACTION!
IOWA has used landfills for many years and until recent requirements, they are unlined polluting our beautiful land’s air and water. New landfills must have a liner however the hazard of the waste that is buried there does not go away. If new landfills are needed, they are very difficult to site requiring years of negotiations, much land area at high cost, not to mention dissention in the community. Other waste is shipped out of state requiring fuel to get it there. Recycling only answers part of the problem.
Looking to technology
Locked up in the waste we send to landfills is an enormous amount of BTUs. These BTUs can be recycled into useful forms including energy. This can be in the form of heat, gases and electricity. Citizens and local governments all over the world are getting excited about the possibilities technology can bring, especially with high energy prices and reliance on unstable foreign governments. There are successful existing applications and new ways to use proven technologies that are moving past the research stage, being developed and built.