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.
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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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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