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The Waste-to-Energy Association (WTEA) is a national trade organization representing waste-to-energy companies and communities that rely upon these facilities to educate policy makers on the current scientific data and advocate for waste-to-energy as a key component of sustainable waste management.


Waste-to-energy facilities divert post-recycled, non-hazardous waste from methane-producing landfills to mitigate greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.  Our waste-to-energy facilities are designed to convert the waste into electricity for homes and businesses and/or steam for export to industries.


We know that reducing greenhouse gases is essential to mitigating climate change. Diverting waste from landfills and the long-haul trucking it takes to get there, as well as offsetting the need for fossil fuels and recycling metals makes waste-to-energy a critical component of waste management.


Join us to further the conversation around sustainable waste management and how you can advocate for the  positive benefits waste-to-energy facilities can bring to our communities.

We Are WTE...

The Waste-to-Energy Association was formed to ensure that conversations about waste-to-energy are rooted in accurate research and scientific data for policymakers and public stakeholders.  The association accomplishes this through a focus on advocacy, public education and engagement, and the development and distribution of research. 

The WTE sector employs over 6,000 essential workers and $400 million in wages, salaries, and benefits of workers who take pride in being trusted community partners.

  • WTE facilities employ highly skilled workers dedicated to safety and environmental compliance

  • The WTE sector offers good-paying jobs with comprehensive benefits and training for advancing from entry-level into technical and managerial jobs

  • WTE facilities support local economies, buying goods and services from local vendors to help perform regular maintenance on the infrastructure and technical equipment.

  • Waste-to-energy is recognized as a advanced waste and energy technology around the world. The European Union and U.S. EPA recognize Waste-to-Energy as preferable to landfills

  • Waste-to-energy facilities are located in many major cities in Europe, including Paris, Dublin, Vienna and Copenhagen

  • More than 120 plants have been built around the world over the past decade

  • In the United States, waste-to-energy facilities serve communities from coast-to-coast, including New York City, Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, Boston, Long Beach and Honolulu with sustainable waste management that utilizes waste as a resources to create energy and support a circular economy


Being an active contributor to the communities we serve is important to us. WTEA members support community outreach programs, service activities and events from



WTEA members continue to invest and upgrade our facilities with the latest state-of-the-art technologies to ensure that our facilities operate well below state and federal requirements.

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