Energy-from-Waste Can Help States Meet Their Renewable Energy Goals

As our state and national leaders work towards making our electricity cleaner, Energy-from-Waste (EfW) has been part of the solution. EfW facilities play a role in meeting renewable energy goals and moving us to a more energy independent future. And, because every ton of waste processed in an EfW facility avoids around one ton of greenhouse gas emissions and the need to import nearly one barrel of oil, this technology can move us even further away from our dependence on fossil fuels.

Energy-from-Waste is Renewable

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has declared EfW facilities a “clean, reliable, renewable source of energy” that “produces electricity with less environmental impact than almost any other source of electricity.” Through state-of-the-art technology, EfW facilities turn non-recycled trash into clean, renewable energy. EfW facilities in the U.S. help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and avoid the release of 30 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every year.

Energy-from-Waste: Keeping America Competitive

Energy-from-Waste facilities process 7% of municipal solid waste in the United States, serving the disposal needs of more than 30 million people and produce enough electricity for approximately 1.5 million homes. Still, Europe, Japan and other Asian countries are far outpacing the U.S. when it comes to renewable generation and that’s in part due to Energy-from-Waste. EfW communities already recycle at higher rates than the national average, but more recycling and more EfW can help keep the U.S. competitive with other nations. By sending 65% of our trash to landfills, we are keeping a plentiful renewable energy resource buried underground.

Covanta Energy: A Leading Renewable Energy Company

Covanta Energy is leading the growth of Energy-from-Waste across the country and around the world. Headquartered in New Jersey, Covanta Energy currently operates 40 EfW facilities in the U.S., each of which provides clean, renewable power for its community. Covanta’s EfW facilities also offer an environmentally preferable alternative to landfill dumping, protecting ground water and open space for future generations.