The decomposition of waste in landfills releases methane as a greenhouse gas. A noteworthy contributor to climate change, it is over 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Fremont, CA: The need to innovate and employ alternative or unconventional energy sources has become crucial for the survival of a future where conventional forms of energy are fast approaching extinction and contribute to global concerns such as greenhouse effect and global warming.

In waste-to-energy, also known as WtE, waste is converted into heat or electricity. The aim of these methods is to turn waste into energy by compressing and disposing of waste using developing technology.

 The benefits of waste to energy (WTE)

Here are some of the benefits of the waste-to-energy process:

Landfill sites are less likely to receive waste

At the same time, waste to energy reduces the costs associated with trash transportation and landfilling. 

Reduction of Greenhouse Gases

Numerous ecological benefits can be derived from it. The emissions of greenhouse gases like methane are much lower. The decomposition of waste in landfills releases methane as a greenhouse gas. A noteworthy contributor to climate change, it is over 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Reduction in the Use of Fossil Fuels

As opposed to natural deposits like oil, gas, and coal, which are otherwise used for energy production, waste to energy does not consume them. Over 200,000 barrels of oil are saved annually by a solitary waste-to-energy center.

It is Environment-friendly

It is possible to generate electricity and heat from waste, which provides an environmentally friendly alternative. Using waste to produce energy is an emerging innovative technology aimed at reducing the environmental damage caused by waste.

Waste-to-energy technologies are developing rapidly and are being accepted by households and industrial establishments around the world as a tool for developing countries.

The Creation of Jobs

In addition to creating jobs, these facilities also benefit the local community. It is estimated that the WTE sector supports approximately 14,000 jobs and $890 million in wages, salaries, and benefits. Through the purchase of goods and services from local vendors, WTE facilities contribute to the local economy.

Better Recovery of Products

More than 730,000 tons of ferrous metals have been recovered for recycling at US WTE facilities. It is estimated that WTE facilities recycle more than the national average. By recycling metal that would otherwise be buried in landfills, WTE facilities recover metal that would have been buried forever if it had been disposed of in a landfill.

Save Ecological Cycles

We are trying to equalize the patterns of our planet and save our ecological cycles through waste to energy or energy from waste. Presently, these technologies generate a small amount of energy and are not widely employed for domestic or industrial use. These solutions are, however, viewed as future solutions which are set to have a great impact on the world.