NYC to Convert Food Waste Into Renewable Natural Gas

By Boruch Shubert, Jewish Political News & Updates. 

As revealed by Capital New York, New York City will expand a pilot program this fall that takes unconsumed food from the waste stream and converts it into pipeline-quality natural gas. If it turns out to be successful, the Department of Environmental Protection hopes the unique program will generate valuable information to the renewable energy industry while also stimulating a significant reduction in the city’s carbon output.

According to city officials, the process of converting the waste will reduce truck traffic, landfill pollution and reliance on traditional fossil fuels for energy. ”We’re looking at avoiding approximately 90,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide which is equivalent to 19,000 vehicles being taken off the road,” projected Anthony Fiore, director of the D.E.P.’s Office of Energy.