Definitions for "Energy from Waste"
Energy recovery of post recycling waste residue - an alternative to landfill.
The conversion of waste into useful heat and/or electricity. Various types of waste can be used including industrial waste (e.g., forest products industry), municipal solid waste, (residential and commercial refuse), landfill gas and others. Since disposal of waste in landfill sites raises problems, energy from waste is considered by some to be an attractive alternative to land filling. There are, however, environmental concerns that exist with EFW, including emission of pollutants (like acid gases, toxic heavy metals, dioxin and furans that are linked to a variety of health problems) from EFW incinerators; as well as, disposal of the waste and ash from the energy production process.
The recovery of energy in the form or heat and/or power from waste, through thermal or combustion processes.