Create a State law Requiring Methane to be captured at landfills.

Create a State law Requiring Methane to be captured at landfills.

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Austin Harrington started this petition to Representative Richard Hudson and

 We have just now as a society begin to worry about plastic straws and its effect on our sea life, but we don’t care about the fact that the paper biodegradable straws that we are trying to switch to still are decomposing in a landfill and producing methane which is contributing to the melting of the ice caps and global warming which is killing life all around us.

    Methane is a natural gas, and is one of the most powerful gases in the planet. Although methane at its core is a very simple being only one carbon molecule surrounded by 4 hydrogen molecules, it has been found to be 34 times more potent of a greenhouse gas than CO2. Methane is actually accountable for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities.

  Landfills are the third largest source of human related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 14.1 percent of these emissions in 2017. When waste is deposited in a landfill it undergoes aerobic (with oxygen) decomposition, were little methane is generated. Then typically within less than one year anaerobic conditions are established and methane producing bacteria begin to decompose the waste and generate mass amounts of methane.  

 Methane can be captured and converted into a very renewable resource. Using a series of wells and vacuum systems, gas can be directed and collected in a central point where I can be processed and treated depending on the use of the gas. In simpler terms, pipes are laid directly under the surface of the dirt on top of the garbage which acts as a barrier for the gas and collects it before it seeps into the atmosphere. This gas can then be converted into a source of renewable energy.

 

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