Congress says no to composting, will burn waste
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Oct. 7 — About 5,300 tons of Congress´ trash will soon be sent to waste-to-energy facilities.

Up to 90% of the U.S. Capitol Complex´s nonrecyclable solid waste will be shipped each year to local high-temperature incinerators and used to fuel generators that will produce electricity for the Capitol’s power grid, The New York Times reported.

In recent years, Congress was composting its food scraps and sending the rest of its waste to landfills.

“This is a response to the need for us to be more energy-efficient, more environmentally sensitive, more economical,” Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., chairman of the House Administration Committee, told the newspaper.

Lundgren, who oversees the Architect of the Capitol along with the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, also said the effort had initially been planned just for the House side of the Capitol before earning support from Senate leaders in recent months.

In metropolitan Washington, there are three waste-to-energy facilities that can process about 3,000 tons of waste per day, the newspaper said, with more projects on the horizon.

Contact Waste & Recycling News reporter Shawn Wright at swright@crain.com or 313-446-0346.


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