Nashville’s Landfill Problem Might Have Unlikely Solution: Bacteria

At the current rate, the US is set to run out of landfill space in 17 years, but in the mounds of garbage, food waste exists that could be recaptured for soil and energy.

The Middle Point landfill in Nashville is the state’s largest with a daily haul of 4,000 tons of trash from 33 counties. With it set to close in five or six years, city leaders felt pressure to find solutions for reducing the amount of waste it landfills. They turned to an interdisciplinary team at UT for help.

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