Waste to Energy
re·cy·cle : to pass again through a series of changes or treatments, as to reuse or make (a substance) available for reuse for biological activities through natural processes of biochemical degradation or modification.
Recently in the United States, Waste to Energy has been deemed a Renewable Energy source. According to the EPA, the definition of Renewable Energy is “…energy obtained from sources that are essentially inexhaustible, unlike natural gas, coal and oil, of which there is a finite supply.” According to the Department of Energy (DOE), “Renewable energy sources include: wood and other biomass, solar (Photovoltaic and Thermal), wind, geothermal, wastes [Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF), Landfill Gas (LFG)] and any other sources that are naturally or continually replenished.” By definition, the DOE describes renewable energy as a “non-deplete-able source of energy.”
According to the U.S. EPA, for every ton of municipal solid waste processed at Energy-from-Waste facilities, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by approximately one ton. This is due to the avoidance of methane from landfills, the offset of greenhouse gases from fossil fuel power production, and the recovery of metals for recycling.
Integral Power works with municipalities and corporations to develop sustainable energy solutions to their waste management challenges. We believe that preserving valuable natural resources such as minimizing landfilling by recycling and generating clean energy from waste is the highest form of environmental stewardship. Tailored recycling and waste-to-energy solutions minimize business risks, while providing an environmental alternative to landfills.
The materials we discard every day should be utilized to their fullest potential to preserve valuable resources and generate clean energy – this promotes sustainability by minimizing landfill space, water consumption and air emissions.