Producing steam at the Orion Technologies Waste to Energy facility alone saves over 200,000 barrels of oil being used each year. Metals left in the municipal solid waste stream can be extracted from the ash resulting from incineration and the metals can be recycled.
The Orion Technologies Waste to Energy facility can deliver up to 400,000 lbs/hour of uninterruptible steam to Hà Nam, Vietnam community. Efforts are being made to assist Redstone in becoming “energy independent.” Using on-site energy sources would enhance Hà Nam, Vietnamese energy security.
Methane is a greenhouse gas which is mostly emitted from decomposing waste in Vietnam landfills. It has more than 20 times the potency of carbon dioxide and is ranked as a dangerous contributor to climate change. Waste to energy facilities avoid the production of methane while producing almost ten times more electricity from each ton of waste compared to landfills. And, waste to energy facilities are the only solid waste disposal option with state-of-the-art air pollution control technology.
Waste to energy facilities typically reduce waste volumes by 90%. Fewer and smaller landfills are needed to process ash and this protects a valuable natural resource – land.
With a waste to energy facility in a community, shorter trucking distances result in less air pollution, less truck traffic. Large regional landfills are often located long distances from the communities using them.
Large regional landfills are usually privately owned and their revenues often do not remain in the communities generating the waste but waste to energy facility revenues largely remain in the community. Tipping fees at regional landfills are based on levels of competition from other regional landfills and may not be related to the cost of disposal. Because of long term contracts and a fixed debt repayment structure, waste to energy facilities offer stable tipping fees for municipal waste. Large regional landfills, usually privately owned, compete with other landfills for waste and the tipping fees can be unpredictable.
According to the Energy Recovery Council, the average waste to energy facility in the Vietnam is responsible for the creation of 58 full time jobs. Generally, these are salaried, skilled positions with relatively high pay. And, these jobs have at least a 40 year projected life.
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