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Garbage in, fuel out if new venture flies

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:42:16 CST
By: Lee Strubinger

Garbage in, fuel out if new venture flies Garbage may help airplanes fly, if a business model presentation to the City of Bloomington offering an alternative to landfills fufills it's promise. Paradigm BioAviation C-E-O Alan Robinson says he'll produce renewable jet fuel and other commercial use fuels from collected waste in landfills.   Robinson says Paradigm collects recyclable material in landfills which is removed from the waste. Robinson says it's then converted into fuel:

"This will take it all out, because quite frankly, we need a very pure organic stream going into the gassifier. So necessarily we spend a lot of money and technology removing far more out of the waste than you would get with current collection."
Robinson says he hopes to have a plant in Bloomington-Normal producing fuel by 2015. In other council news, Aldermen unanimously approved next year's tax levy at $23.2 million, that's $400,000 less than this year's. Also, aldermen approved the purchase of 5 new garbage trucks, completing the city's transition to a fully-automated fleet.

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