New York City is taking environmental consciousness to a whole new level. According to TheBlaze, the liberal metropolis plans to soon use residents’ poop to heat their houses and fuel their stoves.
The Bureau of Wastewater Treatment at New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection intends to collect New Yorkers’ waste, transform it into methane gas, and utilize it to fuel as many as 5,000 houses in the crowded city.
The deputy commissioner for the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment, Pam Elardo, told the New York Post, “It’s clean, it’s green, and it’s local.”
TheBlaze reported that “Officials claim that the gas produced by Brooklyn’s Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant will help the city reduce carbon emissions as part of the city’s effort to combat climate change.”
The director of Gas Utility of the Future at the National Grid power company, Donald Chahbazpour, informed the New York Post, “We have found a gas well in the middle of Brooklyn. But the feed-stock is not fossil fuel — it’s us.”
National Grid and the DEP joined forces on the poop-to-gas initiative. According to the New York Post, the innovative venture should be up-and-running by the end of the year.
Officials think the decrease in emissions will be equal to those produced by approximately 19,000 vehicles annually.
According to TheBlaze, “Vapors produced at the Newtown Creek plant are already helping to fuel the plant, but it’s producing too much. The plant burns the excess, which means it is pumping greenhouse gas emissions into the air.”
The National Grid’s plan is to gather the extra vapors from the plant, take out the carbon dioxide and moisture, and make state-of-the-art methane gas to fuel New Yorkers’ residences. Chahbazpour remarked, “We’re basically building a fancy filter. It’s indistinguishable from a molecular perspective. The only difference is the feed-stock is us.”
TheBlaze reported that “The Department of Environmental Protection has piloted another program that collects about 130 tons of food waste from hotels and restaurants that it will also use for the project.”
Elardo told the New York Post, “We’re taking a locally sourced natural carbon and making a gas product that is environmentally sustainable.”
Officials are hoping the intriguing methane gas initiative will one day encompass New York City’s other wastewater plants.
Since taking office, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made saving the planet a top priority.
In his zeal to protect the environment, he has seemingly declared war on plastic.
Last month, the liberal Mayor announced his city will cease buying 1.1 million pounds of single-use plastics for its agencies according to AM New York. De Blasio also vowed to support a City Council measure that would prohibit the use of single-use plastic items in private restaurants and establishments.
During a news conference at the Sims Municipal Recycling facility in Brooklyn, the Mayor stated, “Today we say no to plastics, we say no to fossil fuels.”
De Blasio put his signature on an executive order requesting city agencies begin discontinuing their use of and not sign any contracts to buy additional plastic forks, cups, plates, and other items.
The leftist Mayor proclaimed, “I’m talking about a whole variety of things we got used to relying on but don’t need anymore. All those things we have alternatives for. City agencies will shift to compostable or reusable by the end of 2019.”
According to the commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Lisa Camillo, New York City spends roughly $1 million each year on single-use plastics. Switching to other options will definitely cost more. B
ut, Camillo stated she wasn’t sure what the additional expense would be yet.
AM New York noted that “De Blasio made a point of saying there will be exceptions for medical reasons.”
According to the newspaper, “People with disabilities, who often rely on plastic straws, will have unlimited access to any single-use item they need.”
In 2018, the City Council took heat for not consulting with members of the disabled community before introducing legislation to prohibit the city’s restaurants from providing customers with disposable plastic straws.
New York City’s Mayor claimed the ban on single-use plastics represented another installment in the city’s bigger plan to combat climate change and slash carbon emissions by a minimum of 80 percent by 2050.
One can only wonder what de Blasio and the City Council will think of next.