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 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

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 provide 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 and 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