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Advocate Lake Highlands (October 2009) : Page 38

BENEFITING THE YMCA AT WHITE ROCK AND FOR THE LOVE OF THE LAKE Trashto treasure And perhaps even longer, if land- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH 8AM-1PM Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake 5K/10K Run Your Tail Off 1K Kids Race 3K Walk & Wag Dog Agility Course Howl-O-Ween Kids Fair fill technology continues to improve. Dallas recently began implementing the latest landfill science, called “bio- reactor technology”, which quickly breaks down trash into methane gas that is then sold into natural gas pipelines. Not only does this process create another source of city revenue; it also chips away at the landfill’s giant piles of garbage, leaving room for even more trash. And with more innovation, Smith says, Mccommas bluff could feasibly last forever. “the landfill is still finite,” he says, For more information, visit www.walkwagandrun.org or call 214.732.5329 FITING THE YMCA AT WHITE ROCK AND FOR THE LOVE OF THE LAKE Trashto treasure And perhaps even longer, if land- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH 8AM-1PM Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake 5K/10K Run Your Tail Off 1K Kids Race 3K Walk & Wag Dog Agility Course Howl-O-Ween Kids Fair fill technology continues to improve. Dallas recently began implementing the latest landfill science, called “bio- reactor technology”, which quickly breaks down trash into methane gas that is then sold into natural gas pipelines. Not only does this process create another source of city revenue; it also chips away at the landfill’s giant piles of garbage, leaving room for even more trash. And with more innovation, Smith says, Mccommas bluff could feasibly last forever. “the landfill is still finite,” he says, For more information, visit www.walkwagandrun.org or call 214.732.5329 “but “but I am convinced that something will come along that will allow us to keep this thing going indefinitely. Some technology will probably evolve over the next few decades that will probably make it infinite. I don’t know what it is — it has to be cost effective, so it has to cost less than trash. but when somebody works that out, we’ll be able to mothball the landfill.” For now, Dallas residents live with the reality that garbage heads to one of two places — a recycling plant that cleans and packages anything reus- able to ship it overseas, or a landfill within our city limits. the numbers might astound you, in terms of how much we throw away on a daily and yearly basis. read on to find out more about our wasteful- ness, steps we can take to curb the amount of garbage funneling into our landfill, and how the city has taken our efforts to recycle as well as our apathy about trash and turned a landfill into a gold mine. CreativeWater Gardens Aquatic & Specialty Plants 972.271.1411 2125 Kingsley Ave. Garland, TX 75041 One mile north of 635, onGarland Rd. and Kingsley www.creativewatergardens.net Receive 10% off youRnextin stoRepuRchase with this ad! 38 OctOber 2009 advocatemag.com/lake-highlands The cuTTing edge: ‘BioreacTor Technology’ Anyone who takes the time to hear ron Smith talk about this techno- logical process might start to see the city dump as an opportunity to har- vest renewable energy, rather than a nasty necessity. trash, to him, means energy and revenue. “When I look around this landfill, I don’t even see trash,” Smith says, “I just see food for the microbes and

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