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Waste to Energy

Waste collection binIn Waste to Energy facilities, waste materials are burnt in huge furnaces to create heat and generate electricity.

There are 98 of these facilities operating in the United States. Together, they generate the energy equivalent of 2,700 MW of electricity, while disposing of more than 29 million tons of trash.

SWANA’s Waste-to-Energy Technical Division regularly monitors, reviews and comments on issues and actions directly affecting the waste to energy operations of our members. Some of these issues include:

  • plant operations;
  • pollution control;
  • public education;
  • ash management and recycling;
  • and supporting the development of new technologies.

Collecting trash with truckRecent initiatives include the promotion of significant reductions in the air emissions of larger waste to energy plants.







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