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Turning Garbage Into Gold

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Rahway, New Jersey (MY9NJ) -

New Jersey is a global leader in waste-to-fuel energy.

What does that mean? They take trash and make electricity.

Covanta has one of its four trash converter facilities in Rahway.

“People don’t think much about what happens when they take that garbage bag out of the kitchen at night," Paul Gilman, Chief Sustainability Officer for Covanta says. "What we do is after a community has recycled, is take what's left over and recover energy from it. We make electricity.”

This one plant in Rahway employs more than 60 people.

Globally, Covanta has hundreds of production plants. They say their energy production process is desirable because it actually reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Gilman says, “New Jersey today sends about 2 million tons of garbage to out of state landfills and about 2 million to instate landfills, if we took that and recycled that more and made more energy out of that it would be the equivalent to taking 800,000 cars off the road and the greenhouse gases they produce.”

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