Reducing dependence on landfills
CEWEP highlights that recycling and energy recovery are complementary options in order to divert waste from landfilling.
To avoid wasting natural resources and to reduce landfill methane emissions, combustible waste that is not suitable for recycling should not be landfilled, but treated in a more sustainable way in Waste-to-Energy Plants that produce energy from the waste.
Waste-to-Energy prevents dirty or contaminated waste from entering the recycling chain and adversely impacting quality.
If waste is not good enough for recycling (e.g. degraded after being recycled several times) it should be turned into energy by Waste-to-Energy Plants.
Boosting Energy Efficiency