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Facility turning waste into energy

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MINOA, N.Y. -- Some local leaders toured a treatment facility in Minoa Monday to find out how waste can be turned into energy.

The facility has been working on technology that turns leftover food and yard waste into a liquid or gas. It's called an "anaerobic digester" and the gas produced is made mainly of methane. That methane can be used to power electricity and eventually save the village money.

Workers at the plant say the digester is environmentally friendly too.

"It's a physical demonstration of principles of sustainability. And when they see things working they're much more likely to say 'right, I'll join that effort,'" said David Johnson, a chemistry professor at SUNY ESF.

The facility plans to have the full digester system running by next spring. At that time, places like schools will have their trash collected at a cheaper price.

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