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Group Looks to Help Puerto Rico Convert Waste to Energy

The group will conduct feasibility studies to determine whether the island has enough waste in its landfills to be converted to biogas for electricity.

A group of social entrepreneurs from the U.S. and India are continuing their efforts to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria.

Beginning in January, the group will conduct feasibility studies in three municipalities to determine whether the island has enough waste in its landfills that can be converted to biogas for electricity.

According to a Forbes report, Puerto Rico generates 1,420 pounds of garbage per person annually, which amounts to 40,000 tons of waste to fill 32 open landfills, most of which are not in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency standards.

Forbes has more details:

A motley crew of faith-based social entrepreneurs from the U.S. and India think Puerto Rico’s energy future and economic health is in its trash.

After helping residents in Puerto Rico for the past year recover from Hurricane Maria, which ravaged the island in September 2017, the group has a vision for economic recovery and prosperity that starts with turning the island’s waste into biogas and organic fertilizer.

In January the group will conduct feasibility studies in three municipalities—Aibonito, Orocovis, and Villalba--to determine whether they have enough waste in their landfills that can be converted to biogas for electricity.

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