WELCOME TO WtERT CANADA

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.

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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.

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Academic Research Partners

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

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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.

INTEGRATED SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT

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.

OUR RESEARCH

Resource recovery From Municipal Solid Waste

Resource recovery from waste can be done using technologies such as anaerobic digestion, gasification, and combustion with energy recovery. The choice of technology is based on the quality and quantity of the waste.

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Waste to Energy (WTE)

Waste to energy (WTE) power plants, such as the one shown above, use as fuel municipal solid wastes (MSW) to generate electricity or provide district or industrial heating. Metals and minerals are recovered from the WTE ash. There are over one thousand WTE plants worldwide fueled by three hundred million tons of wastes.

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Gasification

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

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Solid Recovered Fuel

Wastes can be separated to recyclable and combustible materials. The latter are called refuse derived fuel (RDF), combusted in WTE power plants, and solid recovered fuel (SRF), used in cement kilns.

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Pyrolysis

High heating value wastes, such as plastics, rubber, etc. are thermally decomposed, in the absence of oxygen, to form liquid fuels.

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THE BEST AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY

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

CANADA’S SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL INFRASTRUCTURE

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

HOW WE ADVANCE

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.

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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.

GLOBAL NETWORK

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.

EXPERTS’ INSIGHTS

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.