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Landfill Plastic Could Power 5m Homes, Says Report

Landfill Plastic Could Power 5m Homes, Says Report

If all of the plastic sent to United States landfills each year were diverted to waste-to-energy facilities, it could produce 52 million MWh of electricity annually, according to a report by Columbia University. According to Energy and Economic Value of Non-Recycled Plastics and Municipal Solid Wastes that are Currently Landfilled … Read more »

U.S. Capitol Pens Waste-to-Energy Contract

The U.S. Capitol is to divert 90 percent of its solid waste from landfills to local waste-to-energy facilities. Congress’s estimated 5,300 tons of annual non-recyclable waste will now fuel local incinerators and put energy back on the grid. The Architect of the Capitol, the federal agency charged with maintaining the … Read more »

Cargill Waste-to-Energy System Brings Meat Plant’s Renewable Capacity to 80 Percent

Canadian agribusiness, Cargill, will invest approximately $37.8 million ($36 million Canadian dollars) in a waste-to-energy project at its High River, Alberta, beef processing facility. The system is expected to increase to 80 percent the plant’s ability to generate the energy needed for production. When complete, High River waste-to-energy project is … Read more »

Weyerhaeuser Installing Waste-Heat-to-Energy Plant

Weyerhaeuser Company is building a waste-heat-to-energy plant at its mill in Greenville, N.C. The installation will capture waste heat from a kiln where cut lumber enters the drying process, and covert the captured thermal energy into electricity. Waste heat recovery developer KGRA Energy has started civil engineering and equipment delivery … Read more »

Dow ‘Recovers 96% of Plastic’s Energy’

Dow Chemical has successfully demonstrated the use of recycled plastic to generate energy for industrial operations, the company has announced. In a pilot test, Dow said it recovered 96 percent of available energy from 578 pounds of incinerated plastic at one of its waste treatment facilities in Midland, Mich. The … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Boiler Rule Delay, Coal Ash, Waste-to-Energy

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delaying the implementation of standards for industrial boilers and incinerators. The EPA released the final Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators in February. At the time, the agency said it would “reconsider” certain aspects of the rules, and seek further public comment … Read more »

Waste Management Invests $22m in Plastic-to-Fuel Company

Waste Management has participated in a $22 million investment round benefiting Agilyx Corporation, a company that makes synthetic crude oil from waste plastic. The Series B funding, led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), included first-time investments from Waste Management and Total Energy Ventures International, an affiliate of Total … Read more »

Ze-Gen Gasification Facility to Power Industrial Park

Ze-gen plans to build a $15-million gasification facility at the Attleboro Corporate Campus that will supply energy to the businesses in that industrial park, after three years of testing its waste-to-energy technology in New Bedford, Mass., reports The New England Business Bulletin. Ze-gen says the “Attleboro Clean Energy Project” could … Read more »

Lipton Tea Factory Meets Zero-Landfill Goal

Lipton has achieved its zero-landfill goal at its Suffolk, Va., plant, reports Wavy.com. About 70 percent of the plant’s waste is recycled or reused, 22 percent is composted and the remaining eight percent is converted into usable energy, according to the article. More than a year ago, the Lipton facility … Read more »

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