• Putting Garbage to Good Use with Waste-to-Energy, a interview of Prof. Themlis and Dr. Thanos, please click the following link .
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    Oct. 18, 2016

  • The collection of the "commercial" stream of MSW in NYC, over three million tons annually, has been a big environmental problem. Finally, a glimmer of light has appeared at the end of the tunnel. For more information, please click the following link .
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    Sept. 24, 2016

  • Dr. Stratos Kalogirou of the Global WTERT Council will be teaching at a two-day course and presenting at a waste management meeting in Cuba, organized by the Center of Energy and Environment Studies (CEEMA) of the University of Cienfuegos, Cuba. For more information, please click the following link .
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    Sept. 14, 2016

  • A brief report on planned and potential WTE projects in Middle East is available, please click the following link .
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    Sept 13, 2016

  • Dr. Eftsratios (Stratos) Kalogirou represented GWC at the INTERNATIONAL RECYCLING & RECOVERY CONGRESS (IRCC) of ISWA in Vienna, Sept. 5-6, 2016. Here is his brief report on this meeting. Puerto Ric.
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    Sept 12, 2016

  • The Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University was saddened by the passing away of Patrick F. Mahoney, founder and CEO of Energy Answers International (EAI), on June 13, 2016. Patrick was an early supporter of EEC and a leader of a group of visionaries who thirty eight years ago convinced forty municipalities, from south Boston to Cape Cod and the islands, to close their landfills and use the SEMASS WTE built by Energy Answers. The one-million ton plant is now owned by Covanta Energy and received the SWANA 2016 Award. Pat’s son, Sean Patrick Mahoney is now managing EAI assisted by Pat’s wife, Mary Ann, who worked for this company for more than 25 years. Pat's vision for eco-industrial parks created around a WTE plant may materialize in Puerto Ric.
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    Aug 19, 2016

  • The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) 2016 Excellence Gold Award was won by the Covanta Honolulu WTE plant. The SWAN 2016 Excellence Silver Award went to the SEMASS WTE plant of Covanta, at Rochester, Mass. For more information, please click the following link.
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    July 12, 2016

  • Tim Sharobem, PhD Thesis, Mitigation of High Temperature Corrosion in Waste-to-Energy Power Plants, EAEE Columbia University (2016) is avlaible in SOFOS. For more information, please click the following link.
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    July 8, 2016

  • Report from the visit of Dr.A.Bourtsalas and ten EEE graduate students at the West Palm Beach WTE facility.(link).
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    July 8, 2016

  • Dr. A.C. (Thanos) Bourtsalas, Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering represented Columbia University at the 2016 Gordon Conference on Industrial Ecology, held in Stowe, Vermont. (June 19-24)(photo attached).
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    July 7, 2016

  • Dr. Bourtsalas and ten EEE graduate students participated in NAWTEC 2016 conference from May 23 to 25 held in West Palm Beach, Miami (photo attached). Dr. Bourtsalas presented about ''Waste management of nations: A global socio- economic analysis'' and Ms. Xu (grad student) about the EEC MS research projects''. Dr. Bourtsalas and Dr. Kalogirou were also invited and participated in ISWA Working Group on Energy Recovery, which was held in West Palm Beach from May 25 to 26, 2016.
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    July 7, 2016

  • PFA brochure for the next WTERT India meeting on November 23-25, 2016 is available.For more information, please click the following link.
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    May 6, 2016

  • At the 2016 Congress of the Confederation of European WTE plants (CEWEP; Rotterdam, June 16), Prof. Nickolas Themelis of Columbia University and President of the Global WTERT Council received the CEWEP Phoenix Award. Link here for the press announcement. And for full acceptance speech of Prof. Thmelis, please click the following link.
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    June 28, 2016

  • PFA brochure for the next WTERT India meeting on November 23-25, 2016 is available.For more information, please click the following link.
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    May 6, 2016

  • On April 25-26, 2016 the Earth Engineering Center of City College of New York (EEC-CCNY) and the Institute for Sustainability of AIChE organized a very successful two-day workshop in Manhattan on the subject “Megacity Waste Management Dialogue: The NYC Roadmap for waste as a Resource”. For more information, please click the following link.
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    APR 28, 2016

  • Please see interesting article by Matt Clay on 6th WTE pant to be built in Singapore, to generate 800kWh per ton of MSW. Article also discusses growth of WTE in China.For more information, please click the following link.
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    APR 22, 2016

  • Please note an important workshop, to be held in New York City, on April 25-26: "Megacity Waste Management Dialogue: The NYC Roadmap for Waste as a Resource". The Workshop is organized by Prof. Marco Castaldi and Demetra Tsiamis, Earth Engineering Center at City College of New York (EEC|CCNY). Speakers will include Ms. Bettina Kamuk of Ramboll Engineering and Chair of the WTE group of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). For more information on the Workshop, please see attached brochure and also following link.
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    Apr 11, 2016

  • "Rapid Assessment Tool", a good resource for assessing WTE technologies in developing countries. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Apr 4, 2016

  • For our WTERT friends in Belarus, Ms. Valerie Bastiaan kindly translated the WTERT Frequently Asked Questions and also the EEC Hierarchy of Waste Management to Belarusian.For more information, please click the following link.
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    Apr 3, 2016

  • We are pleased to announce that under the sponsorship of Columbia's Presidential Global Initiative Fund (PGIF), the WTE Guidebook of EEC has been translated to Portuguese by Mr. Gustavo Queiroz de SouZA (Vitoria, ES, Brazil). The Guia is now available on the WTERT web.For more information, please click the following link.
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    Mar 30, 2016

  • The Hellenic Waste to Energy Research & Technology Council (SYNERGEIA) – which is the Greek branch of the International Network of Energy Research of University of Columbia – Earth Engineering Center – organized on Friday 15.01.2016 in collaboration with NTUA, one day event “ENERGY EXPLOITATION OF WASTE IN THE FRAME WORK OF SUSTAINABLE WASTE MANAGEMENT”.For more information, please click the following link.
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    Mar 28, 2016

  • Report by Dr. Efstratios Kalogirou, Glpbal WTERT Council, of the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) and WTERT- India 4th International conference on “Sustainable MSW Processing Technology for Developing Nations” at Science Centre, Surat, India, 18-19 February, 2016.For more information, please click the following link.
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    Mar 25, 2016

  • We are pleased to announce that under the sponsorship of Columbia's Presidential Global Initiative Fund (PGIF), the WTE Guidebook of EEC has been translated to Portuguese by Mr. Gustavo Queiroz de SouZA (Vitoria, ES, Brazil). The Guia is now available on the WTERT web.For more information, please click the following link.
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    Mar 23, 2016

  • Report for Developing Waste Management in China in NPC&CPPCC (March 2016) During the China 13th Five-year Development Plan, for more information, please click the following link.
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    Mar 12, 2016

  • Newly published paper: "N.Chatziaras , C.S. Psomopoulos , N.J. Themelis , (2016) "Use of waste derived fuels in cement industry: a review", Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 27 Iss: 2, pp.178 - 193" link.
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    Mar 8, 2016

  • The official roadmap for Sustainable Development of the European Commission unequivocally requires replacement of landfilling by WTE. The arguments used are similar to those presented by Prof. Themelis of WTERT-Columbia in the waste management section of the IPCC 2014 Assessment Report, for more information, please click the following link.
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    Mar 8, 2016

  • According to the World Bank web (March 7, 2016) several Caribbean islands and other cities generate more MSW than US citizens For more information, please click the following link.
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    Mar 7, 2016

  • This Massive Waste-To-Energy Plant Will Be The Largest In The World. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Feb 23, 2016

  • Risk perception and public acceptance toward a highly protested Waste-to-Energy facility is avlaible in SOFOS. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Jan 7, 2016

  • Please see English translation of Program of Workshop of WTERT-Greece (SYNERGEIA), to be held at National Technical University of Athens,  Greece, on January 15, 2016 For more information, please click the following link.
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    Jan 4, 2016

  • The Estonian translation of the WTERT FAQ on waste-to-energy by Ms. Paula Nuculescu For more information, please click the following link.
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    Dec 29, 2015

  • Very important web page on Waste Management from Brazil. It provides translation of news items in different languages, please click the following link.
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    Dec 7, 2015

  • 10 must-follow waste and recycling Twitter accounts, please click the following link.
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    Nov 24, 2015

  • Prof. Nickolas Themelis of Columbia University was asked by the Wall Street Journal to participate in a debate "Does burning garbage for electricity make sense?" is now available in SOFOS database. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Nov 17, 2015

  • An article with the title "What is energy Recovery" by Linda Dailey Paulson can now be found in our SOFOS database. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Nov 14, 2015

  • Questions on managing food wastes to Prof. Themelis by a New York journalist (Nov.13, 2015), please click the following link.
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    Nov 13, 2015

  • The thesis of Henri Dwyer on inventory of dioxins in the U.S. and health impacts of past accidental emissions of dioxins is now available in SOFOS database, please click the following link.
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    Oct 26, 2015

  • Fall 2015 Newsletter to WTERT members from Prof. Nickolas Themelis, please click the following link.
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    Oct 14, 2015

  • A compelling video by D-Waste (www.d-waste.com) on "Wasted Health: the tragic case of dumpsites", please click the following link.
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    Sep 21, 2015

  • An article with the title "Minneapolis Gets Trashed-How trash is transforming American cities" by Caleb Hannan can now be found in our SOFOS database. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Sep 18, 2015

  • Mr. Ranjith Annepu EEC Research Associate, co-founder of Be WasteWise and WTERT-India coordinator has been chosen by ISWA as Opinion Leader, September 2015. Read his article on disseminating information on waste management here.
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    Sep 18, 2015

  • New paper with the title "Feasibility analysis of municipal solid waste mass burning in the Region of East Macedonia-Thrace in Greece" can now be found in our SOFOS database. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Sep 15, 2015

  • Recent paper in Waste Management journal, by Earth Engineering Center of Columbia University, presents an inventory of all sources of dioxins in the U.S. This study showed that, in 2012, all industrial (point) sources were about one fifth of the non-controlled (area) sources, such as backyard burning and landfill fires. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Sep 11, 2015

  • Earth Engineering Center Research Associates, Thanos Bourtsalas (WTERT-Columbia manager), Ljupka Arsova (GBB senior engineer) and Ranjith Annepu (founder and president of Be WasteWise) met this week at 2015 ISWA International Congress in Antwerp.
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    Sep 9, 2015

  • New paper with the title "Technical assessment of the CLEERGAS moving grate-based process for energy generation from municipal solid waste" co-authored by Prof. Themelis of WTERT can now be found in our SOFOS database. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Sep 2, 2015

  • On May 18-22, Dr. Stratos Kalogirou of the Global WTERT Council organized a waste management workshop at The American College of Greece in Athens. Among the participants was the El Maresme Consortium for Solid Urban Waste Treatment of Spain, who also organize the RECUWATT international meetings on WTE in Barcelona. For more information, please visit the following link.
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    Jun 30, 2015

  • One of the most active GWC sister organizations is WTERT-India. Their activities have included several important workshops and are contributing to the successful application of WTE in India. For example, WTERT-India helped to bring about the introduction of Sanfeng Covanta equipment in one of the WTE plants under construction in India. Please have a look at the linked Progress Report of WTERT-India.
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    Jun 25, 2015

  • The thesis of Yuda Sun, "Life Cycle Assessment of a Novel Building-Integrated Photovoltaic-Thermal (BIPVT) System" has been published on the WTERT web (www.wtert.org) Publications, Theses.
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    May 15, 2015

  • The thesis of John Abrashkin, "Volume-Based Waste Fee (VBWF): Effect on Recycling and Applicability to New York City" has been published on the WTERT web (www,wtert,org) Publications, Theses.
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    May 15, 2015

  • Presentation by Mr. Stephen Jones, CEO of Covanta Energy at NAWTEC 2015 (Tampa. Florida)is available on SOFOS. For more information, please click the following link.
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    May 15, 2015

  • The presentation by Prof. Nickolas Themelis at NAWTEC 2015, "A look into the future of the global WTE industry" projected that the global WTE industry will double to 400 million tons MSW by 2030. The phenomenal growth in China, from about 4 million tons in 2004 to over 40 million tons by 2013, will continue. Global WTE growth in the U.S. and other countries will depend on a) reducing capital cost per ton of capacity and b) overcoming the negative image of WTE - based on long ago practice - by means of universities and the media." For more information, please click the following link.
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    May 14, 2015

  • A review of MSW management of the twenty regions of Italy, by Grazia Leonzio (University of L'Aquila) and Prof. Themelis is available on the WTERT web and the SOFOS database. The regions closest to sustainable waste management are Lombardia, Friuli, and Veneto. For more information, please click the following link.
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    May 14, 2015

  • The list of WTE Plants Worldwide (EEC, 2012) is available on SOFOS.
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    May 12, 2015

  • Sara Barone's thesis "Numerical simulation of flow and mixing behavior of solids on a moving grate combustion system" is now available on the WTERT web.
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    May 12, 2015

  • Thesis by Liubov Melnikova is now available on the WTERT web "Landfill gas study performance on a gas engine with addition of syngas" (Advisor: Prof. Marco Castaldi, CCNY).
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    May 11, 2015

  • M.S. Theses by Shahnoza Boboeva and Andres Estrada Wiechers from Earth Engineering Center of Columbia University can now be found in our SOFOS database.
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    May 11, 2015

  • Please see the attached paper on "Thermal Sprayed Coatings Used Against Corrosion and Corrosive Wear" by Prof. Armelle Vardelle of University of Limoges and, EEC Research Associate. The paper includes coal- and MSW-fired applications (p.28-29). The journal Intech reported that since its publication in 2014 this paper has been downloaded about 19,000 times.
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    Apr 14, 2015

  • New managing committee of WTERT India responsible for the Indian activities have been concluded in the board meeting held on 14th March 2015. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Apr 8, 2015

  • New paper on plasma technology advances co-authored by Prof. Themelis of WTERT can now be found in our SOFOS database. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Apr 8, 2015

  • Learn about a new and important renewable energy organization in Europe and its goal to reduce fossil fuel use. Please click the following link.
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    Apr 2, 2015

  • MatER Meeting 2015 will be held in Piacenza, Italy on May 21-22. In the meeting trends and innovation in waste management will be discussed. All WTERT members are invited to join the WTERT-Italy (MATER) meeting. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Apr 2, 2015

  • M.S. Theses by Nour Awad and Olivier Morin from Earth Engineering Center of Columbia University can now be found in our SOFOS database.
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    Mar 31, 2015

  • A M.S. Thesis by Jiao Tang, Technical University of Vienna (Advisor Prof. Paul H. Brunner, EEC Research Associate) with the title Cost-Benefit Analysis of Advanced Bottom Ash Separation Technology at Guanghan, Chinacan now be found in our SOFOS database.
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    Mar 18, 2015

  • GWC-Invited paper by Dr. Rudi H. Karpf, a specialist in WTE Air Pollution Control systems and member of WTERT-Germany: "Basic features of the dry absorption and baghouse process used for cleaning WTE gas". Dr. Karpf makes several recommendations for increasing efficiency and decreasing cost of operation (e.g. by controlling humidity and recirculating part of the fine ash residue).
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    Mar 18, 2015

  • Mr. Franz Neubacher of UV&P (Austria) and active WTERT member is organizing a Study Tour "Waste-to-Energy in Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria" June 21 – July 1, 2015. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Mar 10, 2015

  • In 2008, Prof. Nickolas Themelis and Ms. Robin Davidov (ex-Baltimore waste management authority) made several presentations in Perth, Australia, as to the benfits of WTE. Six years later, some encouraging news from Perth. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Mar 9, 2015

  • New Martin technology plants to be built in China. Martin has been the major supporter of WTERT in Europe. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Mar 9, 2015

  • Analysis of U.S. composting picture in BioCycle journal by Prof. Nickolas Themelis and Ms. Ljupka Arsova of GBB, with the title Calculating Tons To Composting In The U.S., can now be found in our SOFOS database.
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    Mar 2, 2015

  • Please find press release of MatER Meeting 2015 in Piacenza, Italy, May 21-22. The meeting will focus on waste prevention and material recovery, environmental aspects, enery recovery, and economic aspects.
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    Feb 24, 2015

  • The WTERT-India together with NEERI and CSIR, and Earth Engineering Center of Columbia University organized a very successful international workshop entitled "Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste Management in India" on 29-30th January, 2015. More than 100 international participants attended to review the present status of solid waste management in all India, PPP Framework at various stages in the waste management system, cost effective and environmentally friendly processing and disposal technologies, decentralized treatment options, environmental impact of different technologies and policy measures to advance sustainable waste management. For more information, please click the following link.
  • Dr. Efstratios Kalogirou, president of WTERT Greece and vice chair of Global WTERT Council made a presentation in the workshop. He talked about the status of WTE worldwide, pointing out that waste to energy, in harmonic cooperation with the recycling of MSW at source, is considered to be the most efficient, dominant, integrated and proven technology for solving the municipal solid waste management and treatment problem of metropolitan cities. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Feb 6, 2015

  • Please see announcement of 2015 NAWTEC conference in Tampa, Florida, April 29-May 1. It is recognized as the industry's premier conference and trade show focusing on municipal waste-to-energy policy and business management.
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    Feb 3, 2015

  • A paper with the title A Perspective on Plasma Spray Technology by Armelle Vardelle, Christian Moreau, Nickolas Themeils and Christophe Chazelas, can now be found in our SOFOS database. The paper defined some of the current important issues and research priorities in the plasma spray field.
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    Jan 21, 2015

  • UK's Health Protection Agency had a report about Impact on health from emissions to air from WTE telling that while it is not possible to rule out adverse health effects from modern, well regulated municipal waste incinerators with complete certainty, any potential damage to the health of those living close-by is likely to be very small, if detectable. This view is based on detailed assessments of the effects of air pollutants on health and on the fact that modern and well managed municipal waste incinerators make only a very small contribution to local concentrations of air pollutants. For more information, please visit the following link.
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    Dec 8, 2014

  • A new paper with the title The impact from the implementation of "waste to energy" to the economy. A macroeconomic approach for the trade balance of Greece by Profs. Psomopoulos and Themelis of Earth Engineering Center can now be found in our SOFOS database.
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    Dec 1, 2014

  • Our colleagues of WTERT-India, together with NEERI (National Environmental Engineering Research Institute) and CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), are organizing its 3rd seminar on January 29-30, 2015 in Hyderabad. The main objective of the workshop is to discuss the current challenges and opportunities to maintain sustainability in municipal solid waste management (MSWM) in India. It will also focus on the technologies for waste treatment based on their impacts on environment and economics. Themes to be discussed are, a review of the present status of solid waste management in India, PPP Framework at various stages in the waste management system, cost effective and environmentally friendly processing and disposal technologies, decentralized treatment options, environmental impact of different technologies and policy measures to advance sustainable waste management. For more information, please click the following link.
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    Nov 24, 2014

  • A whitepaper with the title Environmental Impact of Fabric Filter Bag Disposal by Earth Engineering Center of CCNY and Columbia University, can now be found in our SOFOS database. The report concluded from the health risk assessment that burning spent baghouse filters has a much lower impact on health than the corresponding health-based reference air levels.
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    Nov 13, 2014

  • Recycling Today Media Group together with Smithers Apex are pleased to announce the dates for the second Renewable Energy From Waste Conference, to be hosted by the City of San Jose from November 18-20, 2014 at the Hilton by Doubletree, San Jose, California. Following the overwhelming success of the 2013 event, Renewable Energy From Waste has become firmly established as the premier event for the rapidly developing and dynamic waste energy industry. Professors Themelis and Castaldi of WTERT will participate and make presentations. For more information about this interesting conference, please visit the following link.
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    Nov 10, 2014

  • The Citizens Budget Commision of New York City released a report called Taxes in, Garbage out discussing the need for better solid waste disposal policies. The chapter entitled "Waste-to-Energy: an undervalued, underutilized and misunderstood option" specifically focusses on the role energy recovery from municipal solid waste could play.
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    Nov 4, 2014

  • Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) signed an agreement with Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG to acquire the business under an asset deal. HZI has over 80 years of experience and more than 400 reference projects in high-efficient energy-from-waste technology and turnkey plants. Since its establishment in Switzerland in 1991, Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG has constructed more than 70 biogas plants and gained a market share of around 30% to become a leader in its own segment, anaerobic digestion (AD). "The two technologies complement each other ideally, generating energy from municipal residual and green waste respectively", explains Franz-Josef Mengede, CEO of HZI. In various regions around the world a trend is emerging towards the separate collection and recovery of biogenic waste. HZI is responding to this development by integrating AD into its own organization, and from now on will be able to offer its customers both thermal and biological solutions for sustainable waste-to-energy conversion. HZI will continue to market the technology under the Kompogas brand. Completion of the final closing of the relevant contractual agreements is expected by mid-December.
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    Nov 3, 2014

  • The 2014 proceedings of the bi-annual meeting of WTERT are now online and all presentations and posters can be consulted at the following link. It can also be found in the drop-down list Meetings in the left hand side bar in WTERT Meetings.
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    Oct 23, 2014

  • The bi-annual meeting of WTERT was held at Columbia University this week, bringing together leaders in industry, government, and academia to discuss the latest trends in sustainable waste management and waste-to-energy. WTERT put together a first-rate program featuring thought leaders from the U.S. and abroad. As usual, the conference gave participants a wonderful diversity of information on business, policy, research, and technology that benefitted all. At the Awards Dinner, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) was awarded the WTERT 2014 Award for planning, policy and implementation of outstanding advances to recycling, composting and waste-to-energy, 200-2014. ROK has achieved a higher standing on the sustainable waste management "ladder" than the U.S., at a GDP per capita that is significantly lower. The full Proceedings of the WTERT Meeting will be published shortly on the WTERT web.
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    Oct 14, 2014

  • The thesis Potential for combined heat and power and district heating and cooling from Waste-to-Energy facilities in the US - Learning from the Danish experience of Ulloa Priscilla, examines district heating in the US. Now, Bridgeport (CT) is examining district energy, which may provide opportunities for Wheelabrator's Bridgeport waste-to-energy facility. NuPower Thermal has taken the lead on the creation of a low-temperature heating and cooling system in the city, which would provide a low-temperature water loop, which officials estimate it could lead to an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, of up to 13,000 tons a year. One of the sources of Bridgeport's heat would be Wheelabrator. Michelle Nadeau, spokeswoman for Wheelabrator, said, "Wheelabrator Bridgeport has the capacity to fuel a thermal loop in downtown Bridgeport and we carry to the proposed project our experience serving customers with similar energy solutions in Baltimore and New York." Presently, NuPower is working with the Danish company Ramboll Group on designing the project so they can bring prospective customers on board.
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    Oct 13, 2014

  • Please see brochure of this very important International Conference in Hangzhou, China, I-CIPEC, October 14-16. The Conference advances in research on topics ranging from combustion, incineration/pyrolysis, and emission to climate change. Prof. Kefa Cen of Zhejiang University (WTERT China) is Chair and Prof. Nickolas Themelis (Global WTERT Council), co- Chair.
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    Sept 26, 2014

  • The next bi-annual meeting of WTERT will be held at Columbia University on Thursday-Friday, October 9 and 10. The 2014 WTERT Award will be presented at the awards dinner of October 9 and will be going to the Republic of Korea (South Korea). Also, the Materials and Energy Recovery (MER) division of ASME will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. John Klett, formerly CTO of Covanta Energy. Click here to view the program of our 2 day event along with a description of how to get there. To register for the WTERT 2014 Conference, please go to the following link. Information on parking and location of event and dinner are provided on the program link, while information on hotels recommended by Columbia University are provided on our online registration form. For those of you who did not have the time to register online, will have the opportunity to participate the WTERT 2014 event by going to our registration desk prior to the commencement of the event at the Schapiro Building - Campus level, Columbia University. (Please note: Cash or checks at the registration desk will be accepted only)
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    Sept 25, 2014

  • Do you have any questions about waste management, policy, philosophy, possible solutions, and everything in between? Ask Ad Lansink. Be Waste Wise is running a campaign to send questions to Ad Lansink, the inventor of the waste management hierarchy. If your have any burning questions, please visit our Be Waste Wise friends' link called the #LansinkLadder.
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    Sept 22, 2014

  • The next bi-annual meeting of WTERT will be held at Columbia University on Thursday-Friday, October 9 and 10. The 2014 WTERT Award will be presented at the awards dinner of October 9. Also, the Materials and Energy Recovery (MER) division of ASME will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. John Klett, formerly CTO of Covanta Energy. To register for the WTERT 2014 Conference, please go to the following link.
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    Sept 15, 2014

  • On September 2, Professor Nickolas Themelis, Chair of WTERT and head of the Global WTERT Council, met with Chilean Authorities in Energy and Innovation. The director of the Earth Engineering Center, visited Chile and met with important authorities to discuss relevant problems for the country under energy and innovation topics. After visiting the Ministry of Energy, a more research oriented meeting was held where the main topic was professor's experience in turning waste into energy. To read more about this topic in English click here. To see a Spanish version, click here
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    Sept 12, 2014

  • For several years, EEC/WTERT has supported separate single-stream collection of recyclables vs the hopeless task of collecting mixed MSW and trying to separate it into recyclables and trash. Here is a study supporting the EEC/WTERT position: "The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has adopted a policy in favor of separating recyclables from waste prior to collection as opposed to commingling or one-bin collection. According to ISRI, source separating recyclable materials from the waste stream before collection ensures that such materials, particularly paper, are not unnecessarily contaminated and degraded. "One-bin collection jeopardizes the quality of recyclables by mixing them with liquids, food, chemicals and other waste thereby lowering, and in many cases all-together destroying their value," warned Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. "Materials that are all together destroyed will be diverted to landfills or incinerators lowering recycling rates and damaging the environment. Simply put, one-bin collection is not good for recycling," he explained. In its policy the organization stated: "ISRI supports the collection and sortation of recyclable materials in a manner that optimizes the value and utilization of the material as specification grade commodities to be used as feedstock to manufacture new products. (Waste Management World 8/12/14)."
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    Aug 19th, 2014

  • The American Chemistry Council's plastics division has released a new EEC/WTERT report delving into the outlets for the difficult-to-recycle materials, including waste-to-energy, plastics-to-oil, solid fuel and gasification. The report is aimed to educate people about different processes that can capture the value of non-recycled plastics and gives an overview on how MSW and plastics are being handled currently. In addition to the report, a new dedicated page on From Chemistry to Energy, and a blog entry, the ACC created a new infographic for some of the key findings on their website.
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    July 10th, 2014

  • The Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University, in collaboration with WTERT-Greece/SYNERGIA and CONSORCI per al Tractament de RSU del Maresme is organizing a workshop entitled "Advancing sustainable waste management worldwide. The case of Catalonia/Maresme" to be held October 13th-15th, 2014 during the Recuwatt Congress (Mataró, Spain). For more information about the workshop (in Spanish), click here
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    July 10th, 2014

  • The American Chemistry Council's plastics division has released a new video aimed at educating people about different processes that can capture the value of non-recycled plastics. The ACC press release explores the different ways plastics can be converted into energy. The video titled: "Beyond Recycling: Recovering the Energy in Non-Recycled Plastics," delves into the outlets for the difficult-to-recycle materials, including waste-to-energy, plastics-to-oil, solid fuel and gasification.
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    July 1st, 2014

  • The Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University in collaboration with WTERT-Greece/SYNERGIA and CONSORCI per al Tractament de RSU del Maresme are organizing an International interdisciplinary workshop/intensive course, focusing on cutting-edge technologies for sustainable waste management and their potential application, in the city of Mataró, very close to Barcelona, Spain.
    Dr. Efstratios Kalogirou, Vice Chair Global WTERT Council, will lead this Three days intensive course with a team of experts in the field of waste management from prestigious institutions at both international and national level, as well as professionals from the global waste management industry.
    The 3-day workshop (13-15 October 2014) evaluates the environmental benefits and impacts and the economic viability of mainly :
    Recycling |Anaerobic Digestion | Composting | Mechanical-Biological Treatment | Thermal Treatment | Waste to Energy.
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    July 1st, 2014

  • WTERT would like to thank Daniela Milton and her team for the translation and dissemination of essential information on Waste Material Utilization: Reuse, Recycle, Energy Recovery by translating it into Swedish.
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    June 3nd, 2014

  • Low and middle income countries generate less waste per person and recycle comparably with high income countries. But, the burgeoning amount of waste after recycling ends up in open dumpsites, jeopardizing public health, degrading quality of life and polluting the environment. In such situations, it is not easy to answer the question "energy from waste or landfill?". In this context, Be Waste Wise hopes the newest article "After 3R's, recover energy from waste or landfill?", by Prof. Daniel Hoornweg (Energy Systems, University of Ontario Institute of Technology) and Perinaz Bhada-Tata (Solid Waste and Climate Change Consultant), contributes to informed decision making.
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    June 2nd, 2014

  • Mr. Franz Neubacher from TU Graz and WTERT Austria is organizing a Waste-to-Energy Tour in cooperation with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). The 5-day tour will held in Austria and the Czech Republic during the period of 22-27th of June and will visit 10 WTE facilities. For more information on this fantastic initiative and how to register, please visit the following link.

    Mr. Neubacher also gave a presentation on Public acceptance and economic feasibility of Waste-to-Energy – Examples for Best Practice at the ViaExpo 2014 Conference, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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    May 27th, 2014

  • Great news for waste to energy in India! Mr. Sastry from Ramky, Mr. Rao from Hitachi and our WTERT-India coordinator Mr. Annepu were part of a high level policy makers meeting this January, which resulted in a planning commission report that formulates India's Five Year Plans which started since their Independence. It was headed by the Prime Minister of India. This report will have a long term policy implication for India. For more information about India's current waste management situation, please visit the following link.
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    May 21st, 2014

  • The 2014 Annual Bi-annual meeting of WTERT will be held at Columbia University in the City of New York on Thursday-Friday, October 9-10, 2014. As in past years, the program will include presentations on the latest developments in sustainable waste management (SWM) and waste to energy in the world.
    In past years, the WTERT Award was awarded to people, facilities, and cities who have contributed much to advancing waste management. The 2014 WTERT Award will honor a nation that by means of effective national policies has been able to achieve a high SWM level (i.e., high recycling, composting and WTE; low landfilling) at a modest GDP per capita (on Purchasing Power Parity basis; PPP).
    The winning nation of the 2014 WTERT Award will have the highest ratio of Sustainable Waste Management Index (SWMI) divided by the GDP per capita of the nation.
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    April 14th, 2014

  • A new report published by the European Environmental Bureau announces a plan to create 750,000 new jobs by 2025, and 860,000 by 2030. The EU aims to adopt ambitious new policies and targets for sustainable waste management. Using data available in the public domain and conservative estimates, the report finds that a scenario for EU resource efficiency, involving ambitious targets for food waste reduction, re-use of textiles and furniture, and recycling, could help prevent the equivalent of around 415 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030. This equates to taking 4 in 10 cars off European roads. A strong policy in food waste reduction could also help avoid cropland use of 57,000 square km by 2030 – an area larger than Croatia.
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    April 11th, 2014

  • The Global WTERT Council has started a blogspot that provides sustainable waste management related articles written by experts on the matter. Feel free to visit, comment and contribute your insights as well.
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    March 31th, 2014

  • The following link provides an interesting concept to encourage more composting and less costly truck hauling of garbage to places far away. It could be partly a solution to the millions of tons of trash being generated in New York. However, if it were possible to separate all the food and green wastes of NYC (about 1.6 million tons of the total 9 million tons generated by NYC) they could go to such a place. Another 3 million tons could be recycled. But what about the remainder 4.4 million tons? As of this year, NYC will be sending 1.3 million tons to WTE plants. This still leaves 3.1 million tons that can either be combusted with energy recovery or landfilled.
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    March 10th, 2014

  • The thesis of Lauriane Joannic has been published on our WTERT website and is available on the following link titled: Critical review of waste management in France and Analysis of particulate matter emitted by Waste-to-Energy plants.
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    March 10th, 2014

  • WTERT recommends our members and the public to read two inspiring editorials on the circular economy by Professor Brunner from Technical University Vienna on Cycles, spirals and linear flows published in Waste Management & Research, October 2013 and Costas A. Velis and Paul H. Brunner, Recycling and resource efficiency: it is time for a change from quantity to quality published in Waste Management & Research, May 2013.
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    March 7th, 2014

  • The Frederick (MD) Board of County Commissioners announced today that the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has issued the three major environmental permits required to move forward with construction of the regional waste-to-energy project planned for Frederick County. Please see the press release for additional information and the produced video that highlights local benefits of the Frederick County waste-to-energy project.
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    February 24th, 2014

  • Research Associate of the Earth Engineering Center and chair of WTERT-Greece, Dr. Kalogirou will give a seminar on Friday 15th of February at 5 pm at the Eath Engineering Center of Columbia Univeristy. More information on the pre-feasibility study of a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) WTE Power Plant in North Greece can be found here.
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    February 10th, 2014

  • The Sustainable Energy in America 2014 Factbook – researched and produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and commissioned by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy – was released this week and offers a fresh look at the state of US energy. The data used for the Waste-to-Energy section on page 42, came from the 2013 Columbia Survey: 'Generation and Disposition of Municipal Solid Waste in the United States - A National Survey", written by Dolly Shin under de supervision of professor N.J. Themelis. The report states "In 2011, merely 7.6% of US MSW supply was processed at waste-to-energy facilities. (For comparison, the average rate of energy recovery from waste in Europe is approximately 40%.) ... The majority of waste-to-energy facilities are located in the northeast US, where the landfill gate fees are the highest and surpass the waste-to-energy gate fees. Most development occurring today is not greenfield; in 2011, the 6MW of new capacity additions were expansions of existing waste-to-energy projects."
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    February 10th, 2014

  • The thesis of Seo Yoonjung has been published on our WTERT website and is available on the following link titled: Current MSW Management and Waste-to-Energy Status in the Republic of Korea.
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    February 10th, 2014

  • The thesis of Zhang Jiao has been published on our WTERT website and is available on the following link titled: Energy, environmental and greenhouse gas effects of using alternative fuels in cement production.
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    February 6th, 2014

  • Covanta Energy Corp. has developed the Crane Game. It is an application for your smart phone that educates people in a fun way about waste-to-energy.
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    February 6th, 2014

  • Recent article by Perinaz Bhada-Tata, EEC Research Associate, titled BURN OR BURY? COMPARING WTE FACILITIES TO LANDFILLS is now available on our WTERT website.
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    February 3rd, 2014

  • The doctoral thesis of Dr, Naomi Klinghoffer on Utilization of char from biomass gasification in catalytic applications is now available on our WTERT website. This research was sponsored by WTERT-U.S. and was directed by Prof. Marco Castaldi of CCNY
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    January 31st, 2014

  • The thesis of Dolly Shin on the 2013 Columbia Survey of Waste Management in the U.S. (based on 2011 data) is now available on the WTERT web. The final publication of the Survey will include more detailed data on U.S. composting and also the disposition of non-recycled plastics (NRP). The thesis gives the latest data on MSW landfilled, recycled and combusted in the United States.
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    January 27nd, 2014

  • Be Waste Wise announces the 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste. Use the link below and explore the themes (circular economy, food waste, public health and quality of life, etc.) The 2014 Global Dialogue gives more insight on what topics are to be expected in March this year.
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    January 21st, 2014

  • A GREAT INITIATIVE : On June 22-27, 2014, a Practice Seminar on Sustainable Waste Management in Europe organized by President of UV&P and EEC Research Associate, Franz Neubacher, will be given based on Prevention, Recycling, Recovery, Treatment, and Intermediate Storage - without any disposal of untreated wastes exceeding 5 % TOC in landfills. A tour will be organized to visit 10 Waste-to-Energy Facilities in the Czech Republic and Austria. For more information on the program, please click on the following link.
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    January 21st, 2014

  • The Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University in collaboration with WTERT/Greece and the Institute of Sanitation & Waste Management (ISWM) of Ghana are pleased to invite you to an interdisciplinary course and workshop will take place in Accra, Ghana , at the campus of KNUST-ISWM (May 26th-30th, 2014). This 5-day intensive course will focus on state of the art technologies for advancing sustainable waste management in Africa and will encompass the full hierarchy of waste management from materials recovery (recycling) to energy recovery (Waste-to-Energy or WTE), and sanitary landfilling with methane capture. The organizing committee for this course are Prof. Nickolas Themelis (Columbia University) and Dr. Efstratios Kalogirou (GWC). The instructors include Profs. Franz Neubacher (UV&P, Austria), Efstratios Kalogirou (GWC and WTERT-Greece), Carlo Vandecasteele (Katholieke Universiteit, Belgium), and faculty from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science &Technology, Kumasi-Ghana. For more information, click here.
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    January 15th, 2014

  • On October 12-14, the Global WTERT Council participated at the WGER-ISWA Meeting in Torino, Italy. A brief overview can be found here.
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    January 13th, 2014

  • On October 31st, 2013 a Symposium on the Future of Energy Recovery from Wastes was held in Toronto, Canada. A summary and notes of the panel discussions held at the CEFWC International Energy Symposium, written by Mona Sorensen of WTERT-Canada, can be found here.
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    December 31th, 2013

  • On behalf of our WTERT Research Group we wish you happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous 2014. Our year-end letter from Professor Themelis with the WTERT 2013 activities overview can be found here.
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    December 31th, 2013

  • Our WTERT alumnus and now coordinator of WTERT India, Ranjith Annepu, wrote a recent article on Waste Management World Magazine titled 'A billion reasons for Waste-to-Energy in India'. The article describes the need for sustainable waste management in one of the most populated regions of the world. The article can be found here.
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    December 20th, 2013

  • On November 15, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion on the economic and environmental benefits of energy recovery. More than 80 business and civic leaders from all over the state of California attended the 90-minute discussion. The panelists, who represented the business, government and regulatory community in southern California, explored how investment in new energy recovery technologies, combined with some regulatory flexibility, could assist the State in achieving its 75% recycling mandate. The panel included Greg Wilkinson, principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group as moderator, with the following participants: Caroll Mortensen, director, CalRecycle; Enrique Zaldivar, director, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation; Chuck White, director of regulatory affairs, Waste Management; Mohsen Nazemi, deputy executive officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District; and Josh Proudfoot, co-founder and principal, Good Company. Wilkinson cited the importance of this discussion for helping Californians strategize about how best to use energy recovery to support waste diversion and recycling efforts.
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    November 30th, 2013

  • Under the sponsorship of Inter-American Development Bank, in 2011-2012, the Earth Engineering Center developed a "Guidebook for the application of WTE technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean".
    This 275-page book includes three case studies on the potential application of WTE in Buenos Aires, Valparaiso (Chile) and Toluca (Mexico). The IDB Guidebook is now available on the WTERT web.
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    November 25th, 2013

  • Technical paper by Profs. Qunxing Huang and Yong Chi, Zhejiang University, and Nickolas J. Themelis, in IT3 2013 Proceedings: "A Rapidly Emerging WTE Technology: Circulating Fluid Bed Combustion".
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    November 25th, 2013

  • A report called Review of WTE ash utilization processes under development in Northwest Europe, written by A.C. Bourtsalas of our sister organization WTERT-UK, gives valuable insight on transforming waste-to-energy (WTE) bottom ash to higher value applications as well as a critical analysis of research and development efforts in Europe to advance beneficial uses of WTE ash.
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    November 25th, 2013

  • Recycling, composting and waste to energy go hand in hand in the UK, which strives for sustainable waste management. In order to assess what the best alternatives are, it's important to first understand the generation and composition of municipal solid waste. A recent academic study of Columbia University by A. Bourtsalas set out to do just that. U.K. Waste Management published "Growing Old or Growing Clean?" in Waste Management World, V.14, Issue 3, 2013
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    November 25th, 2013

  • "Even when there is little public investment in waste management or recycling infrastructure, cities with an active informal sector reach twice the rate of fully formalized municipal solid waste management systems. Therefore, when designing infrastructure and waste management systems we must also consider this existing system, which has a strong social dimension to it." Read more at Integrating the Informal Waste Recycling Sector in Latin America.
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    November 21th, 2013

  • The Waste Atlas, an interactive world map providing detailed waste management data for countries and cities worldwide, is a non-commercial initiative headed by Antonis Mavropoulos of D-Waste Consultants in partnership with University of Leeds, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), GIZ/SWEEP-Net, the Global WTERT Council, and the Solid Waste Network of Asian and Pacific Islands. For the full announcement of Waste Atlas to the media, click on the following link.
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    November 19th, 2013

  • Philipp Schmidt-Pathmann, an internationally recognized consultant and the founder and CEO of WRSI Consulting Group is organizing a series of workshops on Zero Landfilling. Mr. Schmidt-Pathman was born in Germany, has extensive experience working with the European as well as US communities and is one of the world's leading experts on waste management. Moving towards Zero Waste to Landfill is a fundamental part of changing how we manage our waste and utilizing alternatives to landfilling. The Zero Landfilling initiative looks to have a series of Workshops along the West Coast in March/April of 2014. Most speakers will be from Europe including European Union that facilitates, enforces and supervises the compliance of EU member states/countries moving away from landfilling. Cities where the workshops will be taking place are Vancouver BC, Seattle, Portland and Sacramento. For more information on the zero landfilling initiative, please visit the following link.
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    November 13th, 2013

  • Covanta Announces 20-Year Agreement with New York City Department of Sanitation for Sustainable Solid Waste Disposal New York City will deliver approximately 800,000 tons of MSW per year which reflects the City's continued efforts to reduce waste generation and increase recycling
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    August 30th, 2013

  • Release of a WTE Guidebook for Latin America and the Caribbean A new Earth Engineering Center major contribution to the WTE literature: "WTE Guidebook for Latin America and the Caribbean", sponsored by InterAmerican Development Bank
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    August 15th, 2013

  • National Geographic Daily News: Urban Ski Slope to Raise Profile of Europe's Waste-to-Energy Drive Copenhagen, with a waterfront already famous for bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and offshore wind turbines, is adding another clean energy feature to its urban landscape: a ski resort.
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    August 4th, 2013

  • Plans to Build a Pyrolysis Plant in Hong Kong to convert plastics into fuel oil Hong Kong Telford Envirotech Group Ltd., which has three plastics recycling plants in Hong Kong and two in neighboring Guangdong province in China, is proposing to build the pyrolysis plant, which would have an initial capacity of processing 7,200 metric tons of waste plastic annually.
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    July 30st, 2013
  • Waste Wise Online Panel: Compatibility between Recycling and Waste-to-Energy Waste Wise is hosting an online panel on July 17th at 2pm EST on the compatibility between recycling and waste-to-energy. Waste Wise uses 21st century tools it shares expertise globally; opening up high-quality, leading edge thinking to those who have not had access to this expertise, while also eliminating the environmental and financial costs of global conferences. The panel will address three important sub-topics:
      Reasons for varying degrees of compatibility between recycling and waste-to-energy in North America and Europe
      Reasons for counter-intuitive statistics which show higherrecycling rates in communities with WTE in the U.S. and Europe.
      What must be done simultaneously in recycling and WTE to further increase landfill diversion rates?
    This panel will be moderated by Dr. Scott Kaufman and feature Shawn L. Otto and Dr. Eileen Berenyi as the panelists. Shawn L. Otto is the author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America, where he wrote about opposition to waste treatment technologies like waste-to-energy in the U.S. His Why Burning Waste Fights Climate Change was recently published on Huffington Post and other media organizations. Dr. Eileen Berenyi is the Founder and President of Governmental Advisory Associates, and is the author of several reports on the compatibility of waste-to-energy and recycling. Please visit www.wastewise.be for more details on the program. Participation is free of charge.
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    July 13st, 2013
  • MatER newsletter Our sister organisation WTERT Italy releases their MatER (Materials and Energy from Refuse) newsletter of June.
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    July 1st, 2013
  • Waste to Energy as Integral Part of Sustainable Waste Management Worldwide : The case of Baku city, Azerbaijan Dr. Stratos Kalogirou, EEC Research Associate and head of WTERT-Greece was co-organizer, with Azerbaijan company Tamiz Sharar, of a week-long intensive course on sustainable waste management in Baku (June 17--21). Other instructors in this course, attended by representatives of fourteen nations, were Profs. Nickolas Themelis (WTERT-U.S.), Stefano Consonni (WTERT-Italy), Carlo Vandercasteele (Belgium), and Franz Neubacher (Austria). A highlight of the course was the visit of the brand new (2012) Waste to Energy plant of Baku, built by CNIM (capacity: 500,000 tons/year).
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    July 1st, 2013
  • Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2011 Facts and Figures EPA released its report stating that recycled tonnage decreased slightly from 2010 to 2011. The EPA report vastly understates the tonnage landfilled, in comparison to the 2010 Columbia University/BioCycle survey. The Columbia University 2013 survey will be released later this year.
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    July 1st, 2013
  • Barack Obama directs new pollution standards to reduce greenhouse gasses - Covanta Energy Corp. applauds speech U.S.President Barack Obama is directing the U.S. EPA to enact new pollution standards for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Covanta Energy Corp., the largest operator of waste-to-energy facilities in the country, applauded Obama's speech, stating that sustainable waste management is a critical tool combatting climate change, with the potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by one billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per year, by 2050.
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    July 1st, 2013
  • Energizing Waste. A Win-Win Situation The Confederation of European Waste-To-Energy plants (CEWEP) releases a paper for future Waste-to-Energy policy recommendations. Waste-to-Energy has a role to play in both sustainable Waste Management and Energy Supply.
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    June 26, 2013
  • United States Department of Energy Request for Information The U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency &Renewable Energy and the Bioenergy Technology Office Release a Request For Information on WASTE: Waste Applications for Sustainable Technologies for Energy
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    June 24, 2013
  • Energy Recovery Council Weekly Update Updates from the Energy Recovery Council on the newest Waste-To-Energy Developments in the U.S.
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    June 21, 2013
  • Bloomberg trying to advance composting Article appearing in NY Times: The Bloomberg administration plans to announce shortly that it is hiring a composting plant to handle 100,000 tons of food scraps a year. That amount would represent about 10 percent of the city's residential food waste.
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    June 18, 2013
  • Turning Trash into Treasure Article appearing in "Mechanical Engineering" journal of American Society Mechanical Engineers (ASME) home of the Energy and Materials Recovery Division (MER); Prof. Marco Castaldi of WTERT is incoming Chair.
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    June 17, 2013
  • The new INASHCO 300.000 t/y bottom ash treatment plant A timelapse video of the New INASHCO 300.000 tons per year bottom ash treatment plant which was constructed in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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    June 17, 2013
  • Press Release EPA Energy Answers International has been granted permit for the first Waste To Energy (WTE) plant in Puerto Rico. In the past few years, the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) and WTERT have sponsored one MS thesis on the need for WTE in Puerto Rico and Prof. Themelis has made two presentations on this subject in Puerto Rico, one at the invitation of the Administrator of EPA Region 2.
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    June 12, 2013
  • Press Release Energy Answers Energy Answers International: Issuance of the PSD Permit for the Arecibo (Puerto Rico) Resource Recovery Project.
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    June 12, 2013
  • Report Recycling, composting and waste to energy go hand in hand in the UK, which strives for sustainable waste management. In order to assess what the best alternatives are, it's important to first understand the generation and composition of municipal solid waste. A recent academic study by Columbia University set out to do just that.
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    June 4, 2013
  • Report from New York Citizens Budget Commission: Another blue ribbon report documenting the great need for NYC to move to waste-to-energy. But any time Mayor Bloomberg starts to deal with this need, he is soon cowered by a vociferous small minority that lives in the past.
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    March 26, 2013
  • Projection of 2013 new WTE capacity of value of $7.4 billion. This would mean an addition of about 10 million tons to the global capacity, i.e. an unprecedented 5% annual growth.
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    March 8, 2013
  • The WTE Section (editor Prof. N.J. Themelis) of the newly published Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology was selected by Springer to be included in the newly published book titled "Renewable Energy Systems."
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    March 4, 2013
  • The changing nature of energy from waste in the UK
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    February 27, 2013
  • Check out Covanta Energy's new virtual tour video of complete Waste-to-Energy process!
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    February 22, 2013
  • Comments by Prof. Themelis on "zero waste" discussion in D-Waste blog of Linked In:
    On the basis of all human experience, across all nations and times, I am sorry to say that there is no such a thing as "zero waste" nor will there ever be, since transformation of all materials involves the use of energy (which has its own attendant residues/wastes) and the generation of some residues. For example, recycling of mixed paper has a 15% residue that has to be landfilled or combusted with energy recovery. Maybe, by "zero waste", proponents mean "zero landfilling". That has been achieved by several nations (see "Ladder" of sustainable waste management of Earth Engineering Center (EEC)).
    "Zero waste" is devoutly to be wished, same as "zero disease" but it helps to have doctors, drugs, and hospitals. Nature is brought up usually as an example of a "zero waste" system but every human generates over 0.1 ton of human waste per year. At the end of our days, we are transformed into residues that are either landfilled or incinerated.

    Nickolas Themelis, Director, EEC
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    February 21, 2013
  • The Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University in collaboration with WTERT-Greece/SYNERGIA and Tamiz Shahar OJSC, are organizing an interdisciplinary event/intensive course, that will focus on state of the art technologies for sustainable waste management, entitled "Waste to Energy as an Integral Part of Sustainable Waste Management Worldwide. The case of Baku city/ Azerbaijan", to be held 17-21 June 2013, at Baku city, Republic of Azerbaijan. Details available HERE.
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    February 13, 2013
  • Observations from India's Crisis - written by Ranjith Annepu, Global WTERT Council Coordinator of WTERT-India.
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    February 4th, 2013
  • Presentation available here on new WTE plant for Baku Azerbaijan. Please note that the next intensive waste management and WTE course, co-sponsored by the Earth Engineering Center, will be held in Baku the week of June 17.
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    January 25th, 2013
  • See video on "EVOLV" hydrometallurgical process of ATMI company for recovering valuable metals from electronic waste (subject of MS thesis of Ms. Jennifer Namias of EEC).
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    January 16th, 2013
  • The Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University in collaboration with  WTERT-Greece/SYNERGIA  and Tamiz Shahar are organizing a workshop that will focus on state of the art technologies for sustainable waste management, entitled "Waste to Energy as an Integral Part of Sustainable Waste Management Worldwide. The case of Baku city/ Azerbaijan."
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    January 16th, 2013
  • Copenhagen's ski-slope topped waste to energy plant is going ahead. Click here to read more.
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    January 14th, 2013
  • Prof. Nickolas Themelis, EEC Director, is editor of the Waste-to-Energy section (420 pages) of the newly published 18-volume Encyclopedia of Sustainability of Science and Technology" (Springer Publishing , 12,555 pages).

    Prof. Themelis was also appointed by the International Panel for CLimate Change as author of the Waste-to-Energy (WTE), composting and landfill gas utilization section of the forthcoming (2014) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of IPCC.
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    January 14th, 2013
  • New book on "Renewable Energy Systems" published by Elsevier is co-edited by Prof. Nickolas Themelis.  A large section of this book is dedicated to waste-to-energy. Click here to read more.
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    January 14th, 2013
  • The 2nd International Brainstorming Workshop on Short and Long-Term Solutions for Municipal Solid Waste Management Problems in Indian Cities will be held on February 21 to 22, 2013, New Delhi, India. Click here to see the brochure.
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    December 4th, 2012
  • Comments by Prof. Themelis in D-Waste page on Linked-In, regarding reduction of MSW generated. Link here to see.
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    December 3rd, 2012
  • The D-Waste organization that is co-sponsored by EEC has a lively discussion in Linked-In web on various facets of waste management. A recent query, from Canad, asked for information on handling of C&D waste. Link here to see Prof. Themelis's response.
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    December 3rd, 2012
  • Wood chips from Hurricane Sandy--USACE seeking additional contractors for processing! Click for details
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    November 30th, 2012
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