Waste-to-energy uses trash as a fuel for generating power, just as other power plants use coal, oil, or natural gas. The burning fuel heats water into steam that drives a turbine to create electricity. The process can reduce a community’s landfill volume by up to 90 percent, and prevent one ton of carbon dioxide release for every ton of waste burned.
Improving power plant efficiency reduces pollution and increases power output—and profits.
WTE facilities account for about 20% of all U.S. renewable electricity generation.