Why Waste-to-Energy Works

1.A Climate Solution
2.Globally Proven Technology
3.More Recycling
4.Positive Economic Impact
5.Community-Focused Solutions
6.Renewable Energy

#1 – A Climate Solution

NASA scientists identified landfills as super-emitters of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 84 times more potent of a climate-warming gas than CO2

The United Nations Environment Programme called Waste-to-Energy a “targeted measure” that can help meet the world’s urgent need to reduce methane emissions

The EPA estimated that for every one ton of waste diverted from a landfill to Waste-to-Energy, an average of one ton of greenhouse gases can be avoided

The greenhouse gas emissions averted by a single Waste-to-Energy facility are equivalent to removing up to a quarter-million cars from the road for a year

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change identifies Waste-to-Energy as a “key greenhouse gas mitigation technology

#2 – Proven Technology

Waste-to-Energy is recognized as a progressive waste and energy technology around the world. The European Union and U.S. EPA recognize Waste-to-Energy as preferable to landfills

Waste-to-Energy facilities are located in many major cities in Europe, including Paris, Dublin, Vienna and Copenhagen

More than 120 plants have been built around the world in the past five years

#3 – More Recycling

Communities with Waste-to-Energy have a higher recycling rate than the national average— with some reaching over 50 percent recycling

Waste-to-Energy recovers more than 700,000 tons of metal each year for recycling – the equivalent amount of steel to build more than seven Golden Gate Bridges

#4 – Positive Economic Impact

Waste-to-Energy provides good-paying jobs, supporting approximately 14,000 jobs and nearly $1 billion in wages, salaries and benefits

Millions of dollars generated for communities in taxes, host fees and local goods and services

#5 – Community-Focused Solution

Waste-to-Energy provides the safe disposal of unused and expired prescription medications preventing drugs from ending up in the wrong hands or polluting public water supplies

Waste-to-Energy provides millions of dollars in support of important community organizations and programs that support sustainable communities, green education and environmental responsibility   

#6 – Renewable Energy

Waste-to-Energy provides 24/7 baseload renewable energy for more than 1 million homes

Waste-to-Energy has been recognized as renewable in federal law and is defined as renewable in 30 states and the European Union

Waste-to-Energy serves as a valuable complement to intermittent renewable resources, such as wind and solar