Develop a solution that compliments local plans
The development and revision of local waste strategies and plans represents perhaps the most important opportunity for the local community to be engaged in.
The process to determine if energy from waste should be part of their local waste solution, whether this requires new infrastructure and where that might be sited.
EEV works with local communities to ensure the right outcome for a long term sustainable solution is developed early in the process.
Considerations can include such things as: future population and commercial growth, zoning, financial input, how much involvement in the plant council may want and sources of waste streams that may be included or excluded.
A Solution that is Economical and Sustainable
Some of the ways in which a Thermal Waste to Energy plant can contribute to the local community or economy include:
- Provision of base-load renewable energy that can be used locally or sold back into the grid, assisting waste owners to meet sustainability targets.
- The energy produced improves energy security for the local area. This can also complement local alternate power initiatives.
- The provision of a heat source for local industrial or commercial use.
- A key component in an integrated solid waste management system for businesses and communities; these are small-to-medium sized infrastructure project that have a typical life span of 30 years.
- Provision of a scalable and flexible solution that can take other types of waste including hazardous waste.
- Ensures that the lifetime spend on transporting waste out of the community (potentially millions of dollars) is retained.
- Provides for a long-term saving in waste disposal fees by locking in lower gate fees and avoiding future price rises over the life of the plant.
- Avoids the need to refurbish or build new landfills and the subsequent maintenance cost of the landfill after closure.
- Reduces waste transport requirements; impacting both the direct costs (and avoided future cost increases) and the carbon created to transport the waste long distances.
- Improves local recycling efforts by installing effective sorting and removal of recyclable materials on site, prior to treatment.
- Creates long-term high quality jobs that cannot be outsourced; local plants create jobs within the plants as well as additional equivalent jobs indirectly from secondary industries that the support the plant (maintenance, catering, cleaning, etc).
- Overseas examples show local sales in the of millions of dollars for supplies and materials from local businesses over the life of the plant.
- Provides a technology option with social benefits; it will enhance the reputation of the community as forward thinking and ecologically responsible.