Trashanol: Making Fuel Out of "Trash" - Page 2
Such a production of sustainable, less-polluting, and more eco-frienly means of producing fuel is encouraging news for anyone who wishes to see America become more independent from foreign or domestic oil. The production and consumption of trashanol doesn't eliminate our dependence on crude oil, but it will significantly reduce it when the production and consumption of fuel from "trash" become more mainstream. Those who wish to see the U.S. switch to cleaner forms of energy accompanied by a rise of eco-friendly technologies and jobs, will welcome and support the growth of such innovative companies.
According to Todd Olstad, operations manager at Fiberight, the Blairstown facility manages to offsets its disposal costs. If this is true, then it would truly be an example of sustainable recycling.
Currently, the Blairstown plant, where Fiberight will process the paper waste, expects to reach full capacity sometime in 2011, producing up to 6 million gallons of ethanol annually. So let's see if this new fledgling takes off to accomplish new heights for sustainable recycling.
Diversifying its source of material for recycling into new consumer products, Fiberight also expects to introduce organic pulps made from residential trash to the waste stream, further reducing the need to burn the "trash" or increase landfill capacities.
It appears that, in a more sophisticated and innovative way, this form of recycling addresses secondary waste, the waste that comes from recycling. All forms of recycling produce waste water, waste solids, and waste sludge. So this partnership to use waste to produce ethanol becomes an eco-friendly way to reduce pressure on virgin sources of any kind of raw material, be it trees, cotton, or grains, or algae.
The partnership between Fiberight LLC and International Paper is a private enterprise, but even the U.S. Government is interested. Perhaps, in time, the government will allocate funds, grants, or subsidies to states and industries that are willing to switch to producing alternative fuels.