Recent WtERT News

Please respond to to the UNECE survey

Those who care for sustainable waste management, please respond to to the UNECE survey (link below): In 2020 the UNECE secretariat prepared Guidelines on Promoting People-first Public-Private Partnerships Waste-to-Energy Projects for the Circular Economy | UNECE (the Guidelines), which at the request of member States are being further developed in 2021. The purpose of the Guidelines is to inform policymakers, industry, and civil society on the potential contribution [...]

September 27th, 2021|

“You can even make diamonds out of residual Waste”

"Detailed response of Prof. Peter Quicker (WtERT-Germany) in Waste Management World to questions whether urban wastes can be "gasified" instead of "combusted". Professor Quicker, we regularly hear it promised that gasification processes could replace classic waste incineration and become the next big thing in thermal waste processing. What is your assessment? Peter Quicker First of all, we have to clarify what we mean by gasification. [...]

July 9th, 2021|

Sustainable waste management in Denmark

The recycling rate of Denmark (52%R+C, 48% WTE, 0% landfilling), is an example that recycling and WTE go hand-in-hand. The new WTE plant in Copenhagen (, one of the most beautiful and environmentally-minded cities of the world, serves a dual purpose: Sustainable disposal/use of post-recycling wastes and a first class skiing and surfboarding center. The ash of the Copenhil WTE is processed and used beneficially in [...]

May 7th, 2021|

Significant impact of landfilling on climate change, in State of the Planet of Columbia University, by Prof. Themelis

The U.S. Should Phase Out Landfilling, as China and the E.U. Are Doing View the original news from this hyperlink. by Nickolas J. Themelis |May 5, 2021 Around the world, economic development has been accompanied by the generation of about 2 billion tons of urban waste each year. The developed nations have put a lot of effort into sorting out recyclable materials, but there [...]

May 7th, 2021|

The long-term legacy of landfilling: Over 150,000 historic landfill sites in E.U.

Across the EU the legacy of that is an estimated 150,000 to 500,000 historic landfill sites – many not built to today’s sanitary standards. A four-year EU funded project investigate the potential to recover materials, energy and land from these sites concluded. A particularly worrying and rather new risk originates from the effects of accelerating climate change, which is resulting in rising seawater levels, [...]

May 3rd, 2021|

WTE in Istanbul

On September 26, 2018, Prof. Themelis of GWC made a presentation to UN-visiting 1st  Lady of Turkey and to Minister of the Environment, Prof. Birpinar, regarding the potential and benefits of WTE, for Turkey. The good news is that a one-million ton WTE plant is scheduled to start operation in Istanbul later this year. Waste-to-Energy (WTE) plant in Istanbul (by Prof.Dr. Samet Oturk, Bursa Technical [...]

March 29th, 2021|

Bollinger Calls on Biden to End the Trump Administration’s Assault on the International Exchange of Ideas

Prof. Nickolas Themelis and the Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University, founder of the Global WtERT Council, are proud of our many foreign alumni trained in sustainable waste management. Among the self-destructive regulations implemented by the outgoing US administration, there were seven against students coming to study in the US. In this open letter, Columbia President Bollinger asks President-elect Joe Biden to restore sanity. Please [...]

December 7th, 2020|
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