Joe Perry

As consumers buy more stuff, they also throw more things away. And as the world faces an energy crisis, developers are increasingly looking to that garbage for power.

A group of scientists from the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) at Columbia University found that non-recycled plastics and municipal sold wastes could be significant American sources of power. In a study–funded by the American Chemistry Council (ACC)–published on Wednesday, the group found that waste energy was significant enough to wean America off foreign imported oil. Keep reading →