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Moving Waste Management to the Future: Implementing a Facultative Bioreactor

Author(s): 
Malin Dartnell and Shanell Davis
School: 
The University of Georgia
Date Published: 
Tue, 2009-09-01
Published in: 
10 Ideas for Energy & the Environment
 
The Idea

          The installation of a faculative bioreactor in Athens-Clarke County will provide and efficient waste management method and will generate renewable and environmentally sustainable energy for the University of Georgia.

Key Facts
  • Landfill gas emissions account for a total of 34% of US methane emission into the earth's atmosphere.
  • Bioreactors can increase vertical space of a landfill by 15-30% within 5-10 years.
  • Methane is 21 times more persistent in the atmosphere and has a greater radiative force than carbon dioxide.