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'Green energy' pieces filling dumps

While wind and solar farms generate “greenhouse gas free” electricity, there are ongoing concerns over their impacts on our environment especially as a rapidly growing number of worn-out blades and panels are landing in landfills.

Those blades, housed on giant wind towers reaching over 250-feet in the sky, are starting to reach the end of their useful lives (15 to 20 years) and are being taken down, cut up and hauled to burial sites.

Even though over 90 percent of the decommissioned wind towers and generating apparatus are recycled, the specialized fiberglass and composite blades are mostly in...


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