The Challenge Using Legacy Waste Processing Technology
In use in most of the world, basic combustion-based processes for municipal solid waste emit harmful pollutants into the air, land and water. Common sense tell us that this will ultimately harm our health and the environment. Although the best examples of incineration of municipal waste coupled with electrical energy recovery seem a major step forward, it is still clear that these plants emit pollutants in fairly large quantities and their other byproducts continue to overflow landfills. The green benefits from legacy waste to energy processes that produce energy are positive, but still overwhelmed by the fact that combustion-based waste processing really pollutes the air, land and water. Beyond this, most global communities do not even use waste to energy processes today. In fact, on a global basis, a considerable number do not even use an air quality control system to post process the gas and smoke from combustion.
Landfills, of course, remain long-term liabilities for most communities. In the short term, local capacity for some communities is running out. They are shipping and trucking waste far longer distances and for far greater fees. Worse yet, is that landfills have not lived up to most expectations in terms of how they would contain hazardous materials. In fact many have started to produce hazardous gases and odors that threaten local communities. Landfills, and the older “trash dumps” more common earlier in the century, are, in many ways, a total environmental disaster. Liquids in the decomposing trash go to the bottom, and if not adquately isolated, go from there, into the soil and groundwater. This pollutant is also called leachate and usually contains a variety of hazardous chemicals. The rotting garbage builds up in the dump and can also release methane in large quantities. It is apparent to many in the waste processing world that future generations will ultimately need to remove most landfills and older trash dumps completely and then process the waste with a better, environmentally safe process.
The Opportunity to Protect the Environment
Delta Thermo Energy’s Green Waste to Fuel™ systems produce near Zero Emissions and virtually no landfill contribution. Everything we process produces primarily water vapor, gases normally found in the atmosphere prior to industrialization, and engineered pulverized fuel (EPF). EPF is classified as a fuel product, not a pollutant and certainly no longer as waste! Our facilities do not require huge smokestacks to disperse harmful airborne pollutants, nor do they produce truckloads of hazardous waste for landfills.
Together we can protect our environment with DTE Green Waste to Fuel™ systems. This is your opportunity to partner with Delta Thermo Energy to protect our environment for us today, and for future generations.