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MVR – Müllverwertung Rugenberger Damm (A Vattenfall Company)
MVR is located in Hamburg, Germany. WRSI represents MVR technology in North America. The MVR process represents proven Thermal Recycling technology. It utilizes the most advanced technology available worldwide. The processes at MVR have evolved from Germany’s/Hamburg’s 100 plus years experience with WTE. The unique and patented processes used by MVR are the result of years of experience with other WTE facilities. The technology utilized is not stagnant. As opportunities fro facility improvements are recognized, actions are undertaken to enhance equipment efficiency, emissions and by-products. This dynamic environment has resulted in MVR operating a state of the art facility.

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The Federal Environment Ministry© (BMU©) (German EPA)
Germany has the highest recycling rate in the world with over 60%. Germany has spend a lot of time and money educating citizens on recycling and passing laws that require manufacturers to focus on producing without producing waste as well as taking back the products and reusing them.

As of June 1, 2005 Germany has passed a striking new law. This law has been in the making for about 20 years. One of the leading groups that built this law where “die Gruenen” the environmental party also known as Germany’s Green Party. This law (Waste Storage Ordinance) states that as of June 1, 2005 the landfilling of untreated waste in Germany has been outlawed. Landfilling, even with best available technology, is identified and recognized as a mayor source of pollution, releasing toxic chemicals such as dioxins into the water supply, and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

The new law states that waste must be treated in such a way that it cannot degrade further or release pollutants following landfilling. Recoverable substances will be retrieved and the waste converted into energy. A maximum of 30% will be sent to upgraded landfills, with old systems being phased out by 2009.

Juergen Trittin, the Federal Environment Minister, said: “Today marks an end to the practice which created innumerable contaminated sites for future generations, that of burying waste in landfills and forgetting it. This fundamental change is a milestone of environmental protection, comparable with the introduction of the legally regulated catalytic converter of cars.”

In addition to its environmental benefits the new scheme has already created over 15,000 new jobs through 7.5 billion Euros of investment made by local authorities and environmental groups.

The most advanced form to recover substances and convert waste into energy is known as Thermal Recycling® which will be toured in Hamburg.

Bottom line: Waste has value by avoiding pollution, enhancing recycling and by creating jobs and energy.

www.bmu.de

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SWANA - The Solid Waste Association of North America, has been the leading professional association in the solid waste field for over 40 years. Our association serves over 7,000 members throughout North America, and thousands more with conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.   

SWANA's core functions are to educate, innovate and communicate.   These words also help categorize the many benefits of being a member of our association.

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The Waste-To-Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT) is a top-tier technical group that brings together engineers and scientists from industry, federal, state and local government, and universities around the world who believe in what is called Integrated Waste Management of solids and want to increase the global recovery of materials and energy from used solids.In particular, the mission of the WTERT Council is to advance both the economic and environmental performance of waste-to-energy technologies. 

Waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies are an indispensable tool for the integrated management of municipal solid wastes. Both recycling and WTE reduce the use of virgin materials and energy. Waste-to-energy facilities contribute to the national economy by providing jobs and generating electricity, and to the environment by conserving non-renewable fossil fuel resources and reducing the environmental impacts of trash disposal. Over one hundred waste-to-energy facilities operate nationwide, generating nearly 2800 megawatts of electricity from the disposal of 32 million tons of solid wastes. Worldwide, there are over 600 WTE facilities combusting an estimated 130 million tons of solid wastes.

www.seas.columbia.edu/earth/wtert

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The Integrated Waste Services Association (IWSA) was formed in 1991 to promote integrated solutions to municipal solid waste management problems.

Within this capacity, IWSA strives to encourage the use of waste-to-energy technology as a key component of community solid waste programs.

The technology of today's modern waste-to-energy plants is based on sound science and testing, making waste-to-energy a viable method for the disposal and recycling of non-hazardous household trash. 

www.wte.org

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Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

www.epa.gov

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The Washington State Department of Ecology
The Washington State Department of Ecology is Washington's principal environmental management agency. We are working with you for a better Washington. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water. Our goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution, and support sustainable communities and natural resources.

www.ecy.wa.gov

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Puget Sound Air Quality Control Agency
The Job of the Puget Sound Air Quality Control Agency is to ensure that people in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties have clean air to breathe. We protect your health and improve air quality by

  • adopting and enforcing air quality regulations.
  • sponsoring voluntary initiatives to improve air quality.
  • educating people and businesses about clean-air choices.

www.pscleanair.org

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European Union – Environment – Waste
Many European countries have come to the same conclusion as Germany and the European Union aware of the deterioration of the environment and the growing economic burden is following suite with German regulations. On this website you will find detailed information about regulations, laws, concerns and much more

europa.eu.int

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German Green Party
The German Green Party  is setting higher standards to combat global warming and improving the environment.  To combat global warming we need to get involved today because tomorrow it could be to late.

www.kotting-uhl.de/themen/abfall/index.html

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