Rosalie Bingham, however, sees a brighter future for your food waste — one that might come back to work in your favor. Bingham, a fourth-generation Nevadan and the founder of Regener8tive, a nonprofit that assists environmental projects, recently launched “The Green Machine Initiative,” an environmental project to increase renewable energy in Las Vegas by converting organic waste into power and water.
GREEN MATTERS: How did you arrive at the anaerobic digester concept?
ROSALIE BINGHAM: I was approached by a company to get involved because they knew that I have connections and live both in the north and the south, in Las Vegas and in Reno. They presented some information about organic waste and how it could be used to power the lights and the casinos. And I thought, what a great solution. You take a serious problem — Vegas has one of the largest landfills in the nation — and we solve that problem by taking this organic waste which will lengthen that landfill by 40 years and clean up our air in the valley. It’ll also feed 44 million tourists, which is what creates the problem. But if we utilize that problem and turn it into a solution, then it's a good bet basically.
As Nigeria battles with electricity problem and waste management challenges particularly in the cities, an African country has unveiled a waste-to-energy initiative worthy of emulation. According to Face 2 Face Africa, the Ethiopian government is turning the country's largest rubbish dump named Koshe in Addis Ababa into a new waste-to-energy plant. The initiative is tagged the "Reppie" plant project. The initiative described as the first of its kind in Africa has two major advantages. It will help address the hazards caused by the heaps of waste as well as provide another sustainable means of generating electricity.
Vanguard Renewables, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, and Vermont Gas (VGS), South Burlington, Vermont, announced that they received the 2019 American Biogas Council Up-and-Coming Biogas Project award for their work on the Goodrich Farm anaerobic digester project in Salisbury, Vermont. The American Biogas Council made the announcement at the organization’s awards ceremony Oct. 29.
The Goodrich Farm anaerobic digester project is a unique partnership between Vanguard Renewables, VGS, Middlebury College and the Goodrich family, which owns and operates the farm. According to the companies, the project will generate biogas from manure and food waste and convert it to pipeline-quality gas for use by Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and VGS’s customers.