Our Services – Waste-to-Energy
Waste to Energy
At Waste Management, we're always thinking green - especially when it comes to creating alternative energy solutions. Since the early 1970s, our Wheelabrator division has been delivering successful waste-to-energy projects, providing clean, renewable energy and saving space in local landfills. Wheelabrator facilities have converted more than 145 million tons of municipal solid waste into more than 75 billion kilowatt-hours of clean, reliable electric power. Each day we generate enough electricity to power 700,000 homes.
Clean renewable energy is also generated from Waste Management's landfill gas-to-energy projects, which minimize emissions of greenhouse gases as well as generate enough energy to power 160,000 homes each day - the equivalent of nearly 5 million barrels of oil per year.
And, we are engaged in a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), a joint research effort with the EPA to determine which practices best promote the safe operation of large-scale bioreactor landfills. Through our Maplewood and King George County Landfills, we are also participating in the EPA's Project XL, an initiative that uses pilot projects for achieving superior environmental performance from bioreactor landfill technology. Our goal is to make Waste Management's many landfill gas-to-energy programs even more efficient - while making landfills last longer for our communities.
Wheelabrator is more than just a waste-to-energy company. It's also the perfect service for safely disposing of your business' confidential documents. Wheelabrator’s combustion process guarantees 100 percent destruction - along with complete confidentiality.
Through our many environmental programs, Waste Management is becoming a greener company every day. The Chicago Climate Exchange agrees. That's why they brought us on board as a founding member of the U.S. pilot program to promote the trading of greenhouse gas emission credits, which are earned by companies who limit or eliminate harmful CO2 emissions. In fact, Waste Management is second only to the Tennessee Valley Authority in generating greenhouse gas credits. Not only are these reductions in greenhouse gases good for the environment, we also use these credits to demonstrate our commitment to corporate stewardship. For example, with our donations the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics was the first Olympics in modern history to have zero impact on the environment.