Global economic development has been accompanied by the annual generation of billions of tons of solid wastes. Their disposal consumes land and currently results in nearly 4% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. This webinar discusses the principal means for dealing with what has become a major environmental issue.
In the hierarchy of waste management, recycling is the first priority, but even under the best circumstances, there remains a large fraction of solids that must be landfilled or processed in waste-to-energy (WTE) plants. The guiding principle for 'sustainable waste management' is that it should be based on science and best available technologies, and not on an easy-way-out that seems inexpensive now, but could be very costly in the near future.
This is the first in a 3-part series on 'Waste-to-Energy', co-partnered with the AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum. Please note that each webinar in the series requires separate registration, and has been designed to function as both a standalone presentation and a component in the series. The other webinars in the series are An Integrated Waste Management System for a Sustainable Society, Burgeoning Prospects for Waste-to-Energy in the United States.