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Hello BESTers,

New York City's food waste was in the news a lot last year.  In the 
most recent development, the city announced that it will be 
significantly increasing the food waste it sends to its Newtown Creek 
Wastewater Treatment Plant for anaerobic digestion.  At the treatment 
plant, the food waste is mixed with sewage sludge and fed into their 
egg-shaped digesters.  Currently, 40% of the biogas is reused by the 
city, but the goal is to refine the biogas into biomethane to be used in 
the natural gas pipeline.  They estimate that the project has the 
potential to heat 5,200 homes.  The city has been digesting 2 tons of 
food waste per day from local schools and has plans to ramp this up to 
250 tons per day over the next 3 years.  The diversion of food waste is 
growing by leaps and bounds in New York City; they will hopefully set 
the example for other major cities (and small towns for that matter) to 
follow.

Have a great weekend,
Ryan

http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/news/2013-12-26/Local_News/City_New_Contracts_Will_Reduce_Waste_In_Dumps.html

City: New Contracts Will Reduce Waste In Dumps
Ridgewood Times Newsweekly
January 2, 2014