Benefits of Waste-to-Energy
Waste-to-Energy (or energy-from-waste) facilities provide a safe, technologically advanced means of waste disposal that reduces greenhouse gases, generates clean energy and recycles metal.
Waste-to-Energy (WTE) is widely recognized as a technology that can help mitigate climate change. This is because the waste combusted at a WTE facility doesn’t generate methane, as it would at a landfill; the metals that would have been sent to the landfill are recovered for recycling instead of being thrown out; and the electricity generated offsets the greenhouse gases that would otherwise have been generated from coal and natural gas plants. WTE facilities are the only form of energy generation that actually reduces greenhouse gases.
Additionally, the energy produced at waste-to-energy facilities is reliable baseload power, meaning that it is generated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That provides the opportunity to not only sell electricity onto the grid, but also provide steam delivered to houses, public buildings and industry.