Is waste to energy a good idea ?
There is a lot of buzz going on about waste to energy as many cities are thinking about it. Meanwhile, a CleanTechies’ member started a most interesting series on the matter and one of my follower on Twitter wonders if it should be supported.
Personally I think we should reduce, reuse and recycle first – and compost as well, of course. But what of the remaining stuff ? Can we just put it in landfills or should we burn it in the cleanest way possible to answer our energy needs ?
The answer is not that evident as older waste to energy technologies were heavily polluting and as greenhouse gases emissions are still a problem.
According to Wikipedia who is quoting the ISWA, “ there are 431 WtE plants in Europe (2005) and 89 in the United States (2004) ”
To learn out more please check out the Wikipedia page.
If you are interested in this sector’s news, please check out the Alternative Energy News’ page dedicated to the subject.