Making Waste a Part of the Solution

Modern society has been built around disposable products. It seems that nothing is made to last anymore. That has caused an unprecedented build up of waste, increasing environmental problems and social friction over where to put our trash. Beyond reducing consumption and recycling more, there is another way to control waste – make it into energy.

In this podcast, we’ll look at some unique ways of turning waste products into fuels for heating, transportation and electricity generation.

First, we’ll visit the Turnkey landfill in New Hampshire, where Steve Poggi of Waste Management and Philip Bourne of SCS Energy will show us how landfill gas is collected and processed.

Then, we’ll travel 12 miles down the road to the University of New Hampshire where Paul Chamberlin, the university’s assistant vice president of energy and campus development, will show us how the school is using landfill gas to heat and power 85% of the 5-million square foot campus.

Finally, we’ll wrap up by speaking with S4 Energy Solutions CEO Jeff Surma about how plasma gasification can be used to create local fuel and electricity sources for companies and communities.

Inside Renewable Energy is a weekly audio news program featuring stories and interviews on all the latest developments in the renewable energy industries.


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I am a reporter with, a blog published by the Center for American Progress. I am former editor and producer for, where I contributed stories and hosted the Inside Renewable Energy Podcast. Keep in touch through twitter! My profile name is: Stphn_Lacey

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