In December, the United States Department of Transportation announced that it would be closing all of its shipping terminals to dump all of the garbage it collects at ports.
The move was a result of the Trump administration’s plan to build a massive wall along the US-Mexico border, which many have called an expensive waste of resources and has been blamed for the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
It is estimated that the wall will cost more than $6 trillion to build.
But instead of dumping the trash into a landfill, companies are turning it into a biofuel, a green energy source.
“Companies have found a way to convert their waste into energy and it’s just really exciting,” said Chris Smith, an environmental consultant who works with the Port of Oakland, which owns the docks in Oakland, California.
“The port is trying to transition to biofuels.”
Smith said that by converting the garbage into biofuel they would be able to provide a source of electricity to the city.
“It’s a way of turning our waste into a source for energy and clean energy,” he said.
In California, Smith said the port has turned in a list of waste to be composted, but it’s not clear if the biofuel is even a viable alternative.
“There’s a lot of work to be done on that,” Smith said.
“I think the port is making a lot more progress in converting the waste than they have in the past.”
The port also has plans to start composting the waste from other containers in the area, so that it can eventually be recycled and be used to make fertilizer.
But Smith said it would likely take years for that to happen.
“They’re still working on the biofuel thing,” he added.
Some companies are already recycling the waste.
“We’re seeing a big increase in recycling at the port, but we haven’t had the time to get in on that yet,” Smith told The Verge.
He said that the port may even try to convert the waste to biofuel in the future.
“If you look at what the waste is going to look like in 20 to 30 years, I think it’ll be something that’s a natural and useful source of energy.”
Biofuels aren’t the only way to solve a problem that has plagued many cities over the years.
One of the world’s largest ports in San Diego, California, also began composting waste after it closed for repairs.
The port recently announced that the waste was being recycled.
“Once they are done with the composting process, we will continue to use that for energy,” the port said in a statement.
“This will allow us to use a renewable resource in our system and increase our ability to meet the demands of our customers.”