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From trash to power: how to harness energy from Africa’s garbage dumps – and save billions in future damage

From trash to power: how to harness energy from Africa’s garbage dumps – and save billions in future damage

NEW research on garbage dumps in 44 sub-Saharan African countries shows that 95% are unregulated. The landfill sites still take in new garbage even when they are filled to capacity. As the waste decomposes, these sites release harmful greenhouse gases. However, using methane gas to generate energy instead could save the continent billions of dollars. We talked to the sustainability scientist and author of the research, Nkweauseh Reginald Longfor. NKWEAUSEH REGINALD LONGFO, PhD candidate, Sophia University What kind of economic and environmental damage results from uncontrolled garbage dumps? About 70% of municipal solid waste ends up in landfills or unregulated…
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