Waste-to-energy is the process of taking solid waste and turning it into energy. Your liquid waste can be made into a solid through stabilization methods and then incinerated to produce electricity.  Solid wastes, that meet the criteria, can also be incinerated for waste-to-energy.  These residual waste streams include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Oil
  • Oil impacted water
  • Latex
  • Latex impacted water
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Metals
  • Metals impacted water
  • Oily absorbents
  • Spill clean-up materials

These materials are then brought to Environmental Recovery Corporation (ERC) for stabilization and then sent to waste-to-energy facility, where they can be used to create energy. The newly created energy is converted into electricity or heat for buildings in the area near the waste-to-energy facility. Waste-to-energy facilities use both municipal and industrial waste to create energy. This type of energy source decreases the amount of waste ending up in landfills.

The Process of Waste-to-Energy

The process of turning waste into energy begins by:

  1. Burning or incinerating the waste materials at high temperatures to destroy any toxic chemicals.
  2. The heat coming from burning the materials turning into energy.
  3. Steam building up to begin turning a turbine and creating electricity.
  4. Surplus heat from the turbine process being used to create a heating and cooling process for buildings.
  5. Clean water, metals and construction materials being regained.

The bottom ash left over after the various metals are taken out is then used for road construction or as a base layer for landfills.

Waste-to-energy provides a way to create a cycle of producing waste and then turning it directly into energy. It eliminates the buildup of landfills as well as the toxic air landfills produce in surrounding areas.

How Can This Process Affect My Business?

The process of converting waste into energy is another waste management option your business can use to properly handle your waste. It remains environmentally friendly by not allowing landfills to overfill and sit for long periods of time to create toxic air. Environmental Recovery Corporation (ERC) can help your business by transporting your waste for you, so you can have peace of mind as your waste is taken away to create a sustainable, environmentally friendly source of energy.

Waste-to-energy has a lower impact on the environment and gives back to the community by producing heat and electricity. Your company could have an environmentally responsible waste management plan by sending your waste to a waste processing facility, like ERC. Waste-to-energy facilities use advanced filters. These filters lower the risk of harmful emissions escaping into the air. The health impacts of toxic air are lower than other energy-creating sources.

Contact ERC Today

Turning waste into energy is a sustainable method of energy recovery thanks to its closed-loop system. Here at ERC, we are able to transport all non-hazardous waste to our facility to be handled and processed according to regulations.

If you would like to start having a sustainable and environmentally conscious waste management plan, contact us about getting started or to ask any questions you have.