Bridging the gap between science and decision making

The Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WtERT) is an international top-tier-technical group that brings together engineers, scientists, and managers from industry, universites and government with the objective of advancing the goals of sustainable waste management on a global scale.

Training of Engineers & Managers

Committed to provide graduate level, Engineers and Managers training on sustainable waste management, in particular to people in the rapidly developing nations where the need for managing the rapidly growing volume of wastes is acute.

Academic Research Partners

Participating members of the Global WtERT Council include universities and/or research institutions from over 30 countries.

Network of International Experts

WtERT offshoots exist in twelve countries around the world that all members are actively contributing to our WTERT research, technology or innovations.


WtERT Hierarchy of Waste Management

It is a graphical way of showing the priorities for managing solid wastes. The first priority is to avoid the generation of wastes (e.g., reduced consumption of goods, less packaging) followed by recycling (paper, metals, plastics) and composting of source-separated organic wastes, followed by combustion with energy recovery (“waste-to-energy”), and finally landfilling. However, not all landfills are the same. Modern “sanitary” landfills require a serious investment and effort to protect surface and ground water and to collect landfill gas (LFG) and use it to generate energy. Therefore, the expanded hierarchy of waste management differentiates between better and worse types of landfills as illustrated below.


Perfect Solutions For Municipal Solid Waste

Energy recovery from wastes can be done by using technologies such as anaerobic digestion, gasification, combustion or incineration with energy recovery. Technology selection is based on the quality and quantity of the wastes.


is the process of thermal destruction (in the presence of oxygen) of either a selected waste or mixed waste feedstock. The heat recovered from incineration can be used to generate electricity or provide district heating.

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is the process of converting waste into a gaseous product (called syngas) by exposure to high temperatures in the presence of oxygen or steam.

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Refuse Derived Fuel

is the decomposition of organic matter which occurs in absence of oxygen.

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is a process of chemically decomposing organic materials at elevated temperatures in the absence of oxygen.

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How Waste-to-Energy Works?

A Waste-to-Energy plant converts solid waste into electricity and/or heat – an ecological, cost-effective way of energy recovery.
Take a look of several videos description!

Metro Vancouver’s WtE Facility

How solid waste is treated in Quebec City

Learn How Trash Turns Into Renewable Energy


An overview of the current Waste-to-Energy Operational facilities

Durham York Energy Centre

Courtice/ Ontario, Canada

Québec City Waste-to-Energy

Québec City/ Québec, Canada

PEI Energy Systems

Charlottetown/ Prince Edward Island, Canada

Covanta Burnaby

Burnaby/ British Columbia, Canada

Lévis Waste-to-Energy

Lévis/ Quebec, Canada


Our Research Process

Reasearch & Analysis

We running situation with professionalism and expertise, and in identifying strongly with their outcome. This sense of responsibility means we always strive to add value.

Creative Solutions

Our approach is distinctly innovative. We constantly seek new ways to resolve environmental hazard in waste. We also look to get the most out of advances in digitalisation.


We specially select teams for every project, to ensure each event gets the attention of the people who have the most relevant technical skills, languages and knowledge.

Project Launch

We running projects with professionalism and expertise, and in identifying strongly with their outcome. This sense of responsibility means we always strive to add value.


WtERT Partner Organizations

Below you will find all the national members of WtERT. Some countries may be represented by more than one universities or other research institutions. Some member organizations are under development.


What Our Experts Are Saying

Check out the volume “Recovery of Materials and Energy from Urban Wastes, from Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology (2e) series, edited by Nickolas J. Themelis & A.C. (Thanos) Bourtsalas.

The book provides a comprehensive overview of the interdisciplinary field of sustainability as it applies to engineering and methods for implementation of sustainable practices. Edited by Catherine Mulligan

The Guidebook for the Application of Waste to Energy Technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean, a new Earth Engineering Center major contribution to the WTE literature, was sponsored by InterAmerican Development Bank.

Alan F. Rozich explains in his new book, Other Inconvenient Truths Beyond Global Warming, that, although global warming is important as “An Inconvenient Truth,” there are “Other Inconvenient Truths” affecting the functionality of society.

SOFOS Contains numerous publications and dissertations regarding advancing Sustainable Waste Management.