Tuesday, October 18, 2005


So, we've got a problem in Ontario. We generate piles of garbage. We ship tons of it to the states every day, and they put it in their landfills for us. I'm pretty sure we spend more on fuel to deliver the waste to it's final resting place than we pay for dumping fees. Especially lately, the way fuel costs have been going. One problem with this system (NIMBY) is that the people who's backyard we are dumping our waste into are fed up with it and are working on some laws to prevent Canadian waste from entering Michigan landfills. So, what are we to do with all the garbage?
We've got another problem in Ontario. It's called power generation. We use colossal amounts of electricity per household, per office space, per manufacturing plant. So much, in fact, that we need to import it at times.

So, here's my idea. It doesn't solve both of these problems completely, but it's a step. The idea, which is entirely unoriginal, is 'Power Generation from Garbage Incineration'. Now, before you get all 'but burning garbage causes crazy pollution...' on me, read this. I haven't seen a study on it, but I would be willing to bet that the amount of pollutants generated by burning our garbage in specially designed incineration plants would be less than the pollutants generated by trucking it to Michigan daily.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's already happening ;)

(In Brampton... you've probably driven past it (on the 407 i believe))


5:29 p.m.  
Blogger Dave.B. said...

Thanks Jon. I was looking for that...

8:53 a.m.  
Anonymous Anthony said...

That's a good article; it basically sums up my views. The real issue is consumption. It's pretty silly that Toronto ships trash all the way to the States, by truck no less. So an incinerator by Toronto would consume less fuel in that sense, but no less that a dump close to Toronto.

As far as generating power, that's just a bonus as far as I'm concerned. Plus, the amount of power doesn't seemed to be that much. In my opinion, it's safer to dump trash in a hole where you know where it is than to burn it up into the air, plus dump the ash.

12:35 p.m.  
Anonymous Stephen said...

Maybe in the future once they have perfected a way of using trash to produce power in an effecient, enviro friendly way they will be mining our current landfills for fuel. On second thought at our current rate of consumption we probably won't need to. but you never know, it would be nice to get rid of them rather than let them sit. Leaving the trash in a hole is all well and good until your underground seals fail and you get leache in your groundwater. Plus it'll sit there forever.

11:40 a.m.  

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