Turning trash into energy

In winter, I live in Pinellas County, Fla. There, they profit from their trash by converting 90 percent of it into energy in a small electrical power plant, selling this to the Duke Energy Corp. Enough electricity to power over 40,000 homes yearly. They also recover both ferrous and non-ferrous metals from their incinerator, gathering even more cash from their garbage.

Trash as fuel is becoming common in many places along with electrical generation. Safe technologies now exist that make this possible with clean and efficient systems. A serious study should be made to explore this proven concept in waste disposal and, hopefully, turn a current million-dollar drain into income for our city.

Stanley Cole