It is hard not to bask in the sweet smell of new recycling technologies that continue to be adopted in the marketplace. Google recently revealed that it consumed enough electricity in 2010 to power 200,000 homes for that period. As part of its broader effort to reduce its carbon footprint, Google is joining other investors in a Duke University-sponsored project designed to turn hog waste methane into electrical power. Google is also looking for carbon offsets.
Jolanka Nickerson, the program manager for Google's Carbon Offsets Team, hopes that such projects, which can lead to dramatic emission reductions, can scale across the U.S. and the world.
Look for more on waste-to-energy conversion here in the near future, including a discussion of anaerobic digestion. Meanwhile, read our introduction to organics recycling.