Invited Session: Circular Economy
Modern Waste-to-Energy is an Integral Part of a Circular Economy (1 CEU)
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
9:00 – 10:00
Moderator: Michael Grappé, Director of Special Projects, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
The principle of a circular economy is gaining ground in waste management policy. While recycling is the cornerstone, this presentation will demonstrate that at the end of a product’s lifetime, the best option is energy recovery. Waste-to-energy (WTE) filters harmful substances out of circulation. As thousands of new chemicals are introduced every year, there will always be mixed waste that cannot be directly recycled because of contamination. Modern WTE technology is the best way to treat the waste while recovering energy and materials like water and metals. WTE can help close landfills and thereby avoid soil and groundwater contamination.
Following this presentation, participants will learn how modern waste-to-energy facilities should be considered an integral part of a circular economy by filtering out harmful substances, recycling waste, and recovering energy and other materials. The presentation will highlight the first new greenfield WTE facility in North America in 20 years. Learn how the Palm Beach County, Florida, Renewable Energy Facility No. 2 is one of the cleanest and most efficient WTE plants in the world, making it an excellent example of how WTE is an integral part of a circular economy.