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Canada Lagging Behind on Energy From Waste Technologies

Here is a News item from Canada:-

    ‘Proven technology turns waste into valuable resource for electricity production’.

    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ – A leading operator of Energy From Waste (EFW) facilities says Canada is missing out on the untapped value of EFW technologies, which uses residential and commercial waste to generate electricity and reduces the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites.

Mark Lyons, Vice President of Projects for Wheelabrator, a wholly owned subsidiary of Waste Management, today addressed The Economic Club Of Toronto on the safe, effective and proven “mass burn” process in use throughout the U.S. that converts waste into electricity.
Waste Management, through Wheelebrator, is a leading North American developer and operator of EFW facilities that safely combust waste in specially designed power plants. “This is a drastically different process from incineration, which burns waste without energy recovery,” says Lyons.

“Combustion is the most reliable and efficient approach to deriving energy from waste and it drastically reduces the volume that goes into landfills.

We’ve been using this process for more than 30 years in 17 plants across the U.S.”
Lyons says EFW is a viable option for Canada’s energy supply and waste management challenges that is available to Canadians right now. “We have proven that this is an environmentally sound technology that makes good business sense,” says Lyons. “Thirteen per cent of America’s solid waste is processed at EFW facilities and it’s time now for Canadian municipalities to seriously consider this solution.”

About Waste Management:

Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management and environmental services in North America. Waste Management’s more than 50,000 employees company-wide serve 21 million municipal, commercial, industrial and residential customers through a network of 413 collection operations, 370 transfer stations, 283 active landfill disposal sites, 17 waste-to-energy plants, more than 100 recycling plants and 100 beneficial-use landfill gas projects.

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The Waster wonders that ‘incineration, which burns waste without energy recovery’ would still be practised. Does any reader know of any European incinerator, or for that matter Canadian or US municipal solid waste incinerator still in use, that does not produce power these days?

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