The foremost research organization on Waste-to-Energy technologies

The Global Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WtERT) brings together engineers, scientists and managers from universities and industry in several countries.

  • International network – our network includes over 26 countries over the globe.

  • Academic & Industry Partners – We bring together academia, industry and government agencies concerned with advancing sustainable waste management.

  • Focus On Innovation & Research – WtERT has published hundreds of papers, books and theses on many aspects of sustainable energy and sustainable waste management.


The mission of WtERT is to identify and advance the best available waste-to-energy (WtE) technologies for the recovery of energy or fuels from municipal solid wastes and other industrial, agricultural, and forestry residues.

Conducts extensive academic research on all aspects of technologies of managing solid waste and disseminates this information by means of its publications, the WtERT web, and annual meetings.

The objectives of the WtERT member organizations is to increase resource recovery from used products and minimize the environmental impacts of waste disposal, worldwide.

The guiding principle of WtERT is that the sustainable management of wastes must be based on science and best available technology and not what seems to be inexpensive now but can be very costly in the near future.

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The WtERT eLibrary

WtERT’s digital resources provides a variety of content including journals, ebooks and papers on the topics of waste-to-energy. Find more…

Recovery of Materials and Energy from Urban Wastes
Transport & Chemical Rate Phenom
Waste-to-Energy Technologies and Global Applications

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Academic & Research Institut partners
Technical papers published

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Latest News, Research, and Publications

Most recent publications by WtERT-affiliated researchers, student theses, and news related to sustainable waste management and the work of WtERT.
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Status of Energy and Materials recovery from MSW in the USA

  • The total generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2018 was 292.4 million tons or 4.9 pounds per person per day.
  • 69 million tons were recycled and 25 million tons were composted (32.1%)
  • 17.7 million tons of food were managed by other methods. (animal feed, bio-based materials/biochemical processing, co-digestion/anaerobic digestion, donation, land application and sewer/wastewater treatment).
  • 35 million tons of MSW (11.8%) were combusted with energy recovery and more than 146 million tons of MSW (50%) were landfilled.

SOFOS Search Engine

The most comprehensive on line database under the auspices of the WtERT and the Earth Engineering Center of Columbia University.
SOFOS contains numerous publications and dissertations regarding advancing Sustainable Waste Management.
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Our Donors & Sponsors

WtERT values and relies on its independence and status as a neutral Research Center. We are committed to research and publication in the public interest. We solicit and accept funds that allow us to advance our mission; in all cases, we retain rights to all sponsored or supported work.

WtERT work is 100% funded by external donors and supporters. If you are interested in donating, please click here.

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