Benefits of Thermal Processing
Unlike landfilling or other Waste to Energy solutions, Thermal processing maximises the recovery of energy from waste while minimising environmental impacts.
By diverting all waste for Thermal treatment, not just green or organic waste, the maximum amount of energy can be reclaimed for creating energy.
This process also ensures that the need for landfill, where methane and other environmental hazhards are created, is minimised.
This also provides a long-term solution to waste management issues, enabling the region around the facility to maximise the recovery of energy from all wastes.
The inclusion of a waste sorting and separation process at a Thermal Waste to Energy facility will also increase recycling levels, as recyclables are extracted prior to processing. This improves overall recycling efforts and minimises environmental impact.
Thermal in comparison to other waste to energy treatments;
Combustion – moving grate: Produces emissions, low thermal efficiency, large amount of space required.
Non Thermal (aka biochemistry option): Can only break down feedstock that is biodegradable, which is aproximately 50% of municipal waste, limited applicability, very high maintenance, technology is uncertain.
Landfill gas (methane recovery): LFG (landfill gas) is predominantly methane flaring, does not divert waste from landfill but simply extracts any methane created, leachate is created in landfills which can contaminate the groundwater.
- Diverts ALL waste types from landfill
- Increases recycling rates
- Creates minimal emissions (below Australian and European requirements)
- Avoids the creation of Methane and other gasses that result from landfilling
- Provides a holistic approach to recovering Energy from Waste