29 Sep '12, 1pm

Will Higher Heat Content in Trash Help Waste-to-Energy Stocks?: Filed under: Energy News

Will Higher Heat Content in Trash Help Waste-to-Energy Stocks?: Filed under: Energy News

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently published an article describing an increase in the energy content of municipal solid waste (MSW) . The reason for this increase is an increase in the percentage of waste from “non-biogenic” sources (i.e. plastics) as compared to biogenic sources (paper, cardboard, wood, food and yard waste, etc.) Biogenic waste has an average heat content of 11 MMBtu/ton, as compared to 23 MMBtu/ton for non-biogenic waste. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, derived from U.S. Enivoronmental Protection Agency, Municipal Solid Waste data. The EIA attributes the relative decrease in the amount of (biogenic) food containers and packaging (heat content 16.6 MMBtu/ton) and an increase in waste polypropylene (PP, 38 MMBtu/ton.) PP is the relatively hard-to-recycle plastic #5, found in yogurt cups and other wide-necked containers ...

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