Waste-to-Energy incineration is the sustainable alternative to landfills for waste disposal
Waste-to-Energy is not the incineration of decades ago. These modern facilities divert waste from landfills to generate energy from the combustion of municipal solid waste. Our Waste-to-Energy facilities are designed to convert the waste that remains after recycling into electricity for homes and businesses and/or steam for export to industries.
Waste-to-Energy is a technologically advanced means of waste disposal that is widely recognized for reducing greenhouse gases—particularly methane—by eliminating emissions from landfills. NASA scientists have identified landfills as super-emitters of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 84 times more potent as a climate-warming gas than CO₂.
Annually, Our Waste-to-Energy Facilities:
How it works
Waste-to-Energy takes non-hazardous waste – otherwise destined for landfill – and combusts it, generating steam for electricity production. Ash is processed to recover metal for recycling while all gases are collected, filtered and cleaned to minimize environmental impact.
While this process may sound simple, it requires many steps and state-of-the-art technology to do it safely—and as the world leaders, we have it down to a science.
Watch the video below to learn more about the process.
Waste-to-Energy is widely recognized as a technology that helps mitigate climate change. In fact, Waste-to-Energy facilities are the only form of energy generation that actually reduces greenhouse gases and play an important role in addressing climate change. This is due to avoiding methane from landfills, offsetting emissions from fossil fuel electrical production and recovering metals for recycling.
The difference is in the numbers:
- For every ton of municipal solid waste processed at Waste-to-Energy facilities, we reduce greenhouse gases by up to one ton
- We power more than 1 million homes with reliable energy – 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Our Waste-to-Energy process recovers more than 550,000 tons of metal each year for recycling – the equivalent amount of steel to build more than 450,000 automobiles
Watch the video below to see how sustainably-minded countries like Sweden use Waste-to-Energy to send less than 1 percent of waste to landfills.