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Orlando, Fla., Seeks to Generate Energy from Food Waste

Residents can drop off food waste, where it is then turned into energy via anaerobic digestion.

The city of Orlando, Fla., is looking to convert food waste, such as banana peels and egg shells, into energy for businesses and residents.

According to a WFTV report, the city already collects food waste from more than 30 companies, but “officials aren't ready to give food waste bins to every homeowner.” Residents can bring food in a compostable liner to the Lake Eola Farmers Market on Sundays and then throw it in a bin onsite.

The food then makes its way to Harvest Power, which uses anaerobic digestion to turn it into energy. According to the report, Harvest Power received enough food in 2018 to create power for 2,300 homes.

WFTV 9 ABC has more details:

Orlando is seeking to turn banana peels, egg shells and other food waste into power for businesses and homes.

The city said it costs $37 per ton to dump waste at the landfill and that it's simply more efficient to instead turn old banana peels and other waste into energy.

Residents have the option to drop off their food waste at Lake Eola on Sundays.

Read the full article here.

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