With all of the garbage collecting in landfills, using MSW as an energy source may end up being the answer to the current energy problems being faced. Sooner or later the earth will no longer have an abundance of oil and natural gas available for recovery, and this may happen sooner than many people think, with many third world countries developing and facing an increasing need for energy. MSW as an alternative energy source can prevent a world-wide oil and gas crisis in the future by making renewable energy available that reduces the need for fossil fuels, now. It may seem like something from a science fiction magazine, but when you put your garbage out you may be providing an alternative energy source in the form of MSW.
Municipal solid waste, also called MSW, can be a great energy source that can help supply the energy you need for your home. This process means that the garbage you throw out can be converted into energy and then sent back to your home in the form of electricity. How does this work? When you set your garbage out by the curb, it is collected along with all the other garbage that's set out in your area. This garbage is MSW. These items usually do not include waste from medical centers and hospitals, or waste items that can be recycled. MSW can include plastics and also tires, as well as some other items that are made from fossil fuel products. Once the MSW is collected, it is sent to a facility that processes it into energy.
Both methods used to convert MSW into energy can be very effective. With the abundance of trash in landfills, something must be done to get rid of trash without polluting the environment even more. Converting MSW into an energy source is the perfect solution to the garbage problem and crowded landfills. Whether the waste is burned to release energy or is put into special landfills to decompose and create methane gas that is collected and used as a source of energy, the result is a renewable energy source that is environmentally friendly and reduces dependence on fossil fuels and traditional energy sources.
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