Gallery: PHOTOS: See how the world’s largest dump has been transformed ...

© Leonel Lima Ponce for Inhabitat
Gas emanating from decomposing garbage is transmitted to a vacuum system of gas wells, composed of perforated intake pipes, valves, and transmission lines. Methane gas is extracted from other vapors created by the decomposing trash at on-site purification facilities, and sold by the local utility to power and heat over 20,000 Staten Island homes.

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