The leading research organization in the field of 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 spans over 30 countries around the globe.

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

  • Focus on Innovation & ResearchWtERT® 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 waste and other industrial, agricultural, and forestry residues.

To conduct extensive scientific research on all aspects of solid waste management technologies and to disseminate this information through its publications, the WtERT® Web, and annual meetings.

The goal of WtERT® member organizations is to increase resource recovery from used products and minimize the environmental impact of waste disposal worldwide.

WtERT’s guiding principle is that sustainable waste management must be based on science and best available technology, not on what may seem inexpensive today but may be very costly in the near future.

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Learning Resources

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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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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Our Research Poster

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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