Sustainable living has become a top priority today as people see the results of the damage being done to the world around them. We are concerned about future generations and what will be left of the Earth's bounty. With sustainable choices in mind, soon certain New York City residents might be getting their heat from forgotten foods that were tossed in the trash. This initiative takes recycling to a whole new level.
During a pilot program, New York City will collect food waste and transport it to a waste water treatment plan in Brooklyn. Eventually this uneaten food will be transformed into heat for over 5,000 homes. This is a green way to make the most of wastewater treatment plant facilities. According to Fast Company, the wastewater treatment plan already produces some energy.
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection and a local utility are working together to capture the natural gas energy from the food. The first food waste will be collected from public school cafeterias, a notorious place where kids throw away food. Over time, the plant will be able to process 500 tons of food waste each day. This is nearly 15 percent of the organic trash in NYC and the rest will be composted to feed the Earth.
There are hungry people around the world yet this food waste cannot be transported to feed them. If it can be transformed into an energy source, at least the food will not be wasted. The energy generated will be natural to reduce toxins in our environment. It is a socially conscious way to take care of this trash problem in NYC.
It brings to mind Number 35:33-34, “You shall not pollute the land in which you live...You shall not define the land in which you live, in which I also dwell; for the LORD dwell among the Israelites.” Cleaning up pollution often involves thinking outside the box. From using sustainable wicker furniture for our decks to personal recycling, there are ways to keep the world God gave us a cleaner place. After all, Genesis remind us He put us, “in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Turning pizza crusts and bagels into heat might be a viable way to do it. We all have a responsibility to take care of each other and the world around us for future generations.