Recent WtERT News
Recent University of California at Los Angeles study as to how WTE can be major source of WTE in the U.S. According to a new study published in Nature Energy from UCLA, the United States could produce enough energy by harnessing waste to power the states of Oregon and Washington, while reducing carbon. The study encompassed 15 energy conversion technologies [...]
Dr. A.C. (Thanos) Bourtsalas, head of WtERT at Columbia University was appointed as Lecturer int the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering of Columbia. In addition to his Industrial Ecology and Solid Waste Management and WTE courses, Prof. Bourtsalas will be overseeing the M.S. program in Earth Resources Engineering. Congratulations! Prof. Bourtsalas!
SWANA Records 30 Solid Waste Worker Fatalities So Far in 2019 The Solid Waste Association of North America, reported 31 fatalities in waste management last year, of which seven were at landfills and the rest during collection at transfer stations and MRFs . There were no fatalities at any of the U.S. WTE power plants. Link to webpage: https://waste-management-world.com/a/swana-records-30-solid-waste-worker-fatalities-so-far-in [...]
Let's Talk Garbage! (pilot, Episode 1) This is a pilot episode for an educational series on waste management called, "Let's Talk Garbage!", which I am considering of developing in the future. The ultimate goal of the series would be to provide the general public with a technical education on waste sustainability and to bridge the gap between the public and the [...]
Sharing News from Professor Themelis Dear friends, have a look at very informative video by Florida TV on one of the largest and newest WTE power plants at Palm Beach Florida. https://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/west-palm-beach/renewable-energy-letting-nothing-go-to-waste -I also refer you to the latest news of our WtERT-Germany partner https://www.wtert.net/Latest_News.html -Here is a link to a new volume edited by me and Dr. Bourtsalas, titled Materials [...]
News for GWC management team Dear members of the GWC international team: a) Congratulations to Prof. Marco Castaldi (WtERT-US) on two very informative videos produced by his Earth Engineering Center at City College of New York that you may want to link to from your web pages: EEC|CCNY featured on CUNY TV's "Study with the Best" ccnyeec.org/eecccny-featured-on-cuny-tvs-study-with-the-best/ and https://www.facebook.com/WTERTGlobal/videos/1571317336225386/ b) Prof. [...]
Sustainable investment in waste management (from EU) Have a look at the attached letter with which GWC agrees wholeheartedly. For several years, I have been telling EU colleagues that they should do everything in their power, so the word "Incineration" is not used by EU, EC etc. broadly to include waste to energy (WTE) plants . There are million of tons [...]
Waste-to-Energy and Renewable Electricity Pyrolysis is suitable for high calorific value wastes, such as non-recycled plastics (35 MJ/kg). It will not be viable for urban wastes <12 MJ/kg) and certainly not for wastewater biosolids (<5 MJ/kg). You cannot make a silken purse from a sow's ear. Researchers argue pyrolysis for wastewater biosolids not as sustainable as advertised (On WasteDive) In 2008, [...]
Minnesota Court: State Can Prioritize WTE Over Landfill Around Twin Cities A first in the U.S.A.: The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled April 8 that the state's Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) can in fact enforce a disposal hierarchy that prioritizes waste to energy.
New York Times Front Page about WTE The front page of New York Times, dated March 27, 2019, carries a photograph of Copenhagen "ski slope WTE" with a story how Copenhagen has cut down its carbon emissions. Link to the story is here - https://www.nytimes.com/…/cl…/copenhagen-climate-change.html