An unintended consequence of landfilling garbage is the emission of greenhouse gases, yuck! A modern landfill, however, can capture nasty methane gas and turn it into electricity. Presently, about one-quarter of the municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills in the United States are capable of capturing methane gas and turning it into energy, making it available for homes and local industry. It is estimated that at least as many more also have the potential to capture energy.
Imagine this; maybe one day garbage will become a commodity.
Holly Fretwell is a Research Fellow at PERC and an adjunct instructor at Montana State University where she has taught introductory economics, macroeconomics, natural resources and environmental economics. She works with the Foundation for Teaching Economics, giving workshops for high school teachers to improve their skills in teaching and using...
Founded 30 years ago in Bozeman, Montana, PERC—the Property and Environment Research Center—is the nation’s oldest and largest institute dedicated to improving environmental quality through property rights and markets.
The goal of PERC’s programs is to fully realize the vision of establishing “PERC University,” where scholars, students, policy makers, and others convene to expand the applications of free market environmentalism.
PERC's fellowships share a common goal of exposing new scholars, students, journalists, and policy makers to free market environmentalism, as well as enable scholars already familiar with FME to explore new applications.