WTE: Sustainable Waste and Materials Management

  • Brian BahorEmail author
  • Michael Van Brunt
Reference work entry
Part of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology Series book series (ESSTS)


Energy from waste (EfW)

Synonym of WTE used by some companies

Greenhouse gases (GHGs)

Carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases contributing to the greenhouse effect

Integrated waste management

Using a combination of all possible means of waste management so as to minimize adverse environmental impacts and optimize resource conservation

Waste-to-energy (WTE)

Recovery of the chemical energy contained in used materials by means of thermal treatment

Definition of the Subject

Globally, we are consuming natural resources at an increasing rate due to economic development and growing population. There is international agreement that a long-term solution to energy and climate change issues must include a low to carbon neutral energy supply. There is also growing agreement that more careful attention to how we manage wastes and materials is critical to minimizing environmental impacts, including global climate change. Moving away from our current linear model of material extraction...


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  1. 1.CovantaMorristownUSA

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