Waste to energy: National Labs look to trash for clean energy

Collaboration to find new catalytic technologies that can efficiently produce biofuels from waste streams, like trash, ag and food wastes.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. produced 254 million tons of municipal solid waste in 2013, and although 87 million tons of that material was diverted from landfills through recycling and composting, the goal is to do better.

What if landfills could become local sources of clean energy production or if all waste streams, including those from agricultural, livestock and food production, could essentially become fuel refineries at a local level?

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