It has been estimated that the average person generates 4 1/2 pounds of waste each and every day. Despite the fact that reports show that close to 75% of all solid waste can be recycled, most of this waste ends up in landfills. According to figures, we dispose of 27 million tons of rubbish in landfill sites each year. That’s 7 million more than any other country. Landfills pose a threat to our health and the environment and it’s not a sustainable waste solution. Experts predict that we will run out of landfill space by 2016.
But what can we do about it? The first thing we need do is to change how we think about waste, how and what we consume, and what to do with the waste we generate. Much of this can be done on a grassroots level, but let’s face it…unless the cities, states and government also take a vested interest in reducing waste and finding a viable solution to get rid of the large volumes of waste generated, little will be done on a broad scale. One potential solution being explored in Frederick County: turning solid waste into energy.