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A brilliant composting island concept for New York
— By Tyler Falk on March 6, 2014, 3:49 PM PST
It might work.
And it might pay for itself, if NYC figures out a way to get the FDA and EPA to certify the compose produced for fertilizer use!
Then the compose can be sold to area farms......some of which may actually be housed in the abandonned warehouses that are all over NYC>
Two words of concern.
While a properly managed compost pile can be low in offensive odors, there will be some.
There is no mention of catching the methane gas byproduct released by the composting.Doing so would help the odor control and provide a potential fuel source to power at least part of the islands operation.
And where are the wind turbines and solar panels?
And what advatage is there to floating verses creating the island with fill?
A floating object that large bring a host of problems with it.
The size is simply too big. If u look from the street level, you will not see the park. It's a first year architecture project which has taken a solution based direction rather that idea based.
. A mega float concept will have giant barge like floats where waste is being processed inside the hull but the surface will b combination of residential, retail, commercial functions as well as solar roof gardens .
Processing of wastes could take on a multiplicity of digestion from power generation to composting to industrial grey water recovery. The list of ideas goes on........
There's better solutions than this. New York City should make a lasting commitment to plasma gasification of refuse and produce combustible fuels from trash. That gas should be fed through to utility-scale fuel cell power plants which produce almost no pollution.
WASTE IN - POWER OUT
It's a virtuous circle.
Very cool concept. Too bad innovative projects like this get no government consideration. The disposal game in the NorthEast especially is tightly locked-up by some entities that know how to make things disappear. Maybe if there is a way to demonstrate some sort of financial viability to some innovative investors this could happen. Small-scale composting businesses are cropping up that take restaurant waste and turn it into nutrient rich soil; certainly this is a noble cause.
Why not just do it on land, instead of building at vast expense some installation in the sea on the waterfront, and having to haul all the cities green waste too it through this city. Put it on some high capacity freight trains or barges, and send it somewhere else nearby, or they could build it on top of existing New York landfills.
@Hates Idiots Yes, odor management is going to be a big issue. We've had some major complaints near large composting operations in Oregon near Hillsboro. But one point, methane gas (CH4) is odorless, it's the other organic byproducts of decomposition, particularly the sulpher containing ones that are the problem.