NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII), is partnering with the City of Hampton to convert shipyard trash into steam power. As part of the new Single Stream Recycling Program, the shipyard's solid waste is incinerated at Hampton's award-winning steam plant facility and converted to steam through a process known as "waste-to-energy." The energy is then used to power NASA Langley Research Center (NASA LaRC) facilities.
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"Just last year NNS sent more than 10,000 tons of non-recyclable waste to the local landfill," said Frank "Hogie" Thorn, NNS' environmental engineering manager. "This program will significantly decrease the amount of waste we send to the landfill and will also make recycling for employees more convenient."Using energy generated by the steam, NASA will be able to continue its research and conserve fossil fuels while NNS saves space in landfills where garbage could have gone, thus reducing its carbon footprint. By providing its trash for steam power, NNS has contributed 70 percent of the total pounds of trash taken in by the plant to help support its operations. In 2012 alone, the Hampton/NASA Steam Plant exported more than 317 million pounds of steam to power NASA's facilities.