Alyssa Lappen penned an article for inFOCUS magazine entitled "Harnessing Energy from Trash" in which she advocates for implementing policies in the United States that would utilize the currently untapped energy potential in our trash. The rest of the world has jumped ahead of the United States in terms of harnessing the energy in waste and Lappen urges the U.S. to catch up. The Energy Recovery Council wholeheartedly agrees. The ERC believes lawmakers and policymakers must recognize that the combustion of municipal solid waste produces clean, renewable, and climate-friendly energy. Policies that provide the appropriate incentives for waste-to-energy will promote energy independence, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support the communities that rely on this important technology.