Waste Conversion Technologies

Publish Date: 2011

This report has been prepared to provide solid waste managers with up-to-date information and guidance on waste conversion technologies (WCTs). This research need, which was submitted by the Metro Waste Authority of Des Moines, Iowa, and voted on for selection by the SWANA Applied Research Foundation's Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Disposal Group, was described as follows:

“Solid Waste Agencies continually get unsolicited offers by individuals offering the “latest and greatest” system as an alternative to landfilling. Most include plasma torch or some other waste-to-energy (WTE) technology that, though technically feasible, is not a practical solution. What are these new technologies? What phase of development? Theory, bench scale, pilot, or full operation. A white paper would give agencies with limited resources the ability to differentiate those technologies that are feasible and practical (operationally and economically) from those needing more development.”

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