Trash in a landfill…a very unpleasing picture. How can you turn that waste into a resource? EQ helps our customers meet their sustainability goals everyday by implementing our Zero Landfill Solutions program. Zero waste to landfill is a goal that any facility would be proud to reach.
The Waste-To-Energy Process
The Waste-To-Energy (WTE) process takes non-hazardous waste and turns it into energy. The waste is transferred to EQ, prepared for combustion and sent to a local WTE facility. During combustion at a high temperature, the waste is reduced to 10% of its original volume. The heat generated creates steam that turns turbines in order to generate electricity. The result? For every 10 tons of waste, 5,200 kWh of power is generated. Electricity is fed back into the grid and is used to power homes and businesses.
Why Choose Waste-To-Energy?
- Clean Power - State of the art emission technology makes WTE one of the cleanest forms of energy generation. WTE facilities meet or exceed the strictest federal standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and employ a multi-step process to achieve superior environmental performance. The US EPA has stated that waste-to-energy plants are a “clean, reliable, renewable source of energy” that “produce electricity with less environmental impact than almost any other source of electricity.”
- Less Dependence on Imported Fuels - In an era of high gasoline prices, WTE makes us less reliant on overseas oil. For every ton of waste processed in a WTE facility, we avoid the need to import one barrel of oil or mine one quarter ton of coal.
- Net Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction - WTE is a net reducer of greenhouse gas emissions. For every ton of waste processed in a WTE facility, almost one ton of GHG is avoided.