Perham Enterprise Bulletin Urges Minnesota Counties to Look toward Waste-to-Energy

The Perham Enterprise Bulletin in Minnesota published a thoughtful editorial opining on the decisions facing seven Minnesota counties as they grapple with the future of solid waste management.  The counties are examining the long-term benefits of the Perham waste-to-energy plant versus landfilling.  The waste-to-energy facility in Perham converts household trash into steam and electricity--which is then sold to Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Bongards’ Creameries and Otter Tail Power.  From the perspective of Enterprise Bulletin editorial board, waste-to-energy is "as clean a solution as we have in dealing with the messy problem of garbage."  They cite support from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which favor “waste-to-energy” as a preferred method of solid waste disposal.  The paper implores the public to support waste-to-energy and "not bury our heads in the sand--or in the garbage."

WTE Features in Corporate Sustainability Initiatives

As companies examine ways to reduce their environmental footprint, they are increasingly recognizing the benefits of waste-to-energy in their corporate sustainability initiatives.  Many companies are implementing "zero landfill" policies and are relying on recycling and waste-to-energy as a means to divert waste from landfills.  Today,  Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, announced it would make significant environmental contributions on a global scale through its Total Green Office Solution, which helps businesses eliminate inefficiencies, reduce carbon footprint and adopt more sustainable business practices.  Through this initiative, Ricoh will recycle as much as it can and then use waste-to-energy for what remains. 

This is similar to previous announcements by companies such as Dow and General Motors which are committed to gaining maximum environmental and energy benefits through a combination of recycling and waste-to-energy rather than landfilling. 

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Historic Legislation Favoring Waste-to-Energy

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed landmark climate change and energy legislation that recognizes waste-to-energy as a climate-friendly, renewable energy source.  The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454) was approved with a 219-212 vote. This major legislation establishes a renewable energy standard which defines waste-to-energy as renewable and establishes a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system which recognizes the net greenhouse gas reductions associated with waste-to-energy.

Energy Recovery Council Sets the Record Straight

Waste & Recycling News published a letter to the editor by Ted Michaels of the Energy Recovery Council responding to a skewed guest perspective published the previous issue.  Much misinformation circulates with respect to waste-to-energy and often times it is based on outdated information or is intentionally skewed to support a pre-determined position.  It is important that opinions and decisions be based on accurate information, which the letter to the editor lays out.

Please read the letter to the editor in Waste & Recycling News here, or download the original letter here.

ERC Submits Comments on EPA's proposed rule on Mandatory GHG Reporting

The Energy Recovery Council today commented on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule on the mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.  The rule calls for covered sources emitting over 25,000 tons of CO2e per year to report their emissions of greenhouse gases.  While the ERC recognizes the importance of accurately reporting greenhouse gas emissions, the rule establishes precedents that will impose onerous requirements on the waste-to-energy sector or that will lead to the reporting of misleading or inaccurate information.  Click here to download the ERC comments which detail the greenhouse gas reducing benefits of waste-to-energy and recommend changes that ensure EPA programs focused on either the reporting, inventorying, or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions accurately reflect the specific greenhouse gas reducing properties of waste-to-energy.