Boise’s much touted no-sort blue bin recycle program could face some major alterations in the future if the electric generator project at the county dump doesn’t get short circuited.
The DAILY PAPER had a page one story Tuesday on the project with details about the technology of superheating trash to reduce emissions. This a new project in addition to the methane capture system currently in place.
Eagle businessman Lloyd Mahaffey claims his Dynamis Energy technology can reduce tons of trash to a small pile of ash and create a gas that can be converted into energy. Dynamis has previously told the GUARDIAN the “fuel” includes paper, plastic, and cardboard–all currently being collected in those blue bins and shipped via truck to Portland and Seattle. About 2,000 tons of trash is buried daily at the landfill.
While Dynamis’s technology–if it works– will reduce the mass in the landfill, it will also drastically reduce the amount of stuff being recycled in Portland. That’s right. Boise has its recyclables trucked nearly 500 miles to Portland. The incinerator should also reduce the carbon footprint of the “green giant” tractor-trailer rigs running up and down I-84 at great expense to the city.
Boise City public works told us over a year ago that prices of commodities were expected to go up and the surcharge they pay for fuel would go down. We doubt that has happened but we expect the power project to leave them with only metal and glass in the blue bins. Glass is not currently being recycled.
The GUARDIAN has questioned the supply of water to the project, but Dynamis claims the technology does not consume massive amounts of water.
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