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Iowa plant manager wants to convert food waste into fuel

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MUSCATINE -- An eastern Iowa city is working to become the first in the state to convert food waste from restaurants, groceries and homes into renewable fuel for vehicles.
   The Muscatine Journal reports that Muscatine Water Pollution Control Director Jon Koch has been working to implement a system since 2012.
   Koch says many locations in Europe, California and New York have switched to compressed natural gas to help with full landfills and high gas prices. About 40 percent of food in the U.S. goes to a landfill.
   A new machine would be used to separate packaging materials from food. The organic material would then be converted into gas to fuel public transportation buses, semi-trucks and police cars.
   Koch hopes construction on the machine will begin within the next year.

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