Pilot programme to heat New York homes

New York’s mayor’s office has announced a scheme to convert some of the city’s organic food waste to biogas, which will in turn be used to heat 5200 homes.

The city's largest wastewater treatment plant will be used thanks to a public private partnership process announced last month by former New York City Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway along with Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty and Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland.

The scheme, part of the city’s ambitious PlaNYC goal of reducing municipal greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by the year 2017, is expected to curb annual greenhouse gas emissions to the tune of 90,000 metric tons.

Matt Hick of Mother Nature Network reports that the pilot program, launched as two partnerships. The first, carried out with Waste Management, involves the delivery of pre-processed organic food waste collected throughout the city to Greenpoint, Brooklyn’s Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant where it will be mixed in with wastewater sludge to help boost the production of biogas.

The second partnership, this one with utility National Grid, will see the methane-rich biogas in question converted into clean, pipeline-quality natural gas (methane is the main component of natural gas) that will be used to heat homes and businesses across the five boroughs

The project will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of removing nearly 19,000 cars from New York’s streets.

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