Sharon Olson Eugene November 23, 2009

Currently, in Lane County, our landfill uses methane recovery to provide electricity for homes in this area. Our regional Wastewater treatment plant also uses methane to provide electricity to operate our plant. My question is, has anyone looked at the carbon footprint/energy consumption of curbside organic collection for composting versus landfilling (with methane recovery) versus encouraging the public to use garbage disposals to discharge food waste (not grease) via an existing infrastructure - wastewater collection and treatment system?

Sharon Olson
Technical Services Analyst
City of Eugene
United States