What’s best to do with the “Leftovers” on the way to Zero Waste?

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What’s best to do with the “Leftovers” on the way to Zero Waste?

Dr. Jeffrey Morris
Dr. Enzo Favoino
Eric Lombardi
Kate Bailey

Whether a community is recycling and composting 50%, 70% or 90% of its discards, there still remain thousands of tons of mixed-waste residuals (a.k.a. “leftovers”) that need to be managed and disposed of, most commonly in landfills. Lately, there has been renewed interest in burning the leftovers in waste incinerators with the capacity for energy recovery, typically referred to as waste-to-energy (WTE) plants, in order to create energy and reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.

Proponents of WTE claim that this residuals management method reduces the environmental impacts of waste disposal. According to the president and CEO of Covanta Holding Corp., one of the world’s largest owners and operators of WTE infrastructure.

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