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Non-recycled waste is key to America’s energy strategy

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and University of Texas at Austin released a new study reaffirming the value of everyday waste as a clean, abundant, affordable source of domestic energy. The study, completed by Michael Webber, Ph.D, and his team, demonstrated that fuel engineered from non-recycled plastics and other materials could power a cement kiln located in Texas.

Webber’s research reaffirms the benefits of energy from waste. In the case of the fuel developed and used in the study, the energy content surpassed that of some forms of coal.

Webber’s team found that if only 5 percent of unusable materials from recycling facilities were diverted from landfills to energy recovery, it would generate enough energy to power approximately 700,000 American homes annually.