53% – MSW Discarded Mostly Into Landfills 53%
In 1960, the average American threw away 2.7 pounds of trash per day. Today, the average American throws away about 4.4 pounds of trash every day. Of those 4.4 pounds, about 34% is recycled or composted, and about 13% is burned and converted to energy. The rest, about 53%, is discarded, mostly into landfills. About 85% of household trash is material that will burn, and about 61% of that is biogenic—material that is made from biomass (plant or animal products). (Note 1)
All of this will be coming to an end over the next few decades.
The 13% which is burned places a substantial incremental burden on the environment and pollutes the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. 53% of our waste moves into landfills. Landfills near major cities are closing down or being filled. Research has also shown that landfills can create a toxic environment within proximity to their location. Most community members do not want to be located anywhere near landfills and they work hard to legislate against them within their local community. Over the next hundred years or so landfills will need to be reclaimed and their waste re-processed using technologies from manufacturers such as Delta Thermo Energy. All in all, the challenges brought by municipal waste processing are significant.
Delta Thermo Green Waste to Fuel™ systems can change all of that for your community. Delta Thermo Energy has developed Green Waste to Fuel™, a scalable technology that converts municipal solid waste (MSW) into a valuable alternative energy source, our engineered pulverized fuel (EPF). Our patent pending Zero Emissions technology uses Hydrothermal Decomposition to enables all of this without the release of harmful pollutants into the atmosphere. We can integrate our Green Waste to Fuel™ systems with your existing waste treatment systems and partners, or, provide and operate complete Waste to Fuel™ to Energy plants.
The operation of a complete Waste to Fuel™ to Energy plant requires approximately 4 to 5 acres to more depending, in part, on the volume of waste to be processed. The plant needs good access to electrical, natural gas, water supply and transportation infrastructure for both initial construction and ongoing Green operation. Delta Thermo Energy will design, engineer, build, operate and maintain the municipality project facilities. We will employ qualified and properly trained personnel and will maintain adequate numbers of personnel to properly operate the Project over the projected life. It is always the case that we will bring good green jobs into the community in support of plant operations.
A typical municipality will need to process approximately 150 tons to as much as 200 tons per day, seven days per week of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and perhaps 50 tons to 100 tons per week of municipal biosolids. Our partnerships with municipalities typically provide for the processing MSW and sewage sludge for a period as long as 35 years. Each municipality has a complete plant in place. We utilize Hydrothermal Decomposition technology to convert the MSW and biosolids into a pulverized fuel. The pulverized fuel will then be combusted to produce steam for the thermal treating process and produce approximately three megawatts (MW) of net electrical energy to be sold to the local utility company.
Note 1: http://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/?page=biomass_waste_to_energy