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ERIC Number: ED082974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 14
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From Solid Waste to Energy.
Wisely, F. E.; And Others
A project designed to convert solid waste to energy is explained in this paper. In April, 1972, an investor-owned utility began to burn municipal solid waste as fuel for the direct production of electric power. This unique venture was a cooperative effort between the City of St. Louis, Missouri, and the Union Electric Company, with financial support from the Environmental Protection Agency. It was and is intended to demonstrate the benefits which could accrue to a metropolitan area by utilizing this technique for solid waste management and the recovery of resources. Conceived under the premises that if residential solid waste were properly prepared, and if it were to replace only a small percentage of the fuel fired to coal-fired boilers, the effects would be little, if any, different than if the fuel were entirely coal. The potential benefits include an environmentally acceptable means of solid waste disposal, conservation of irreplaceable natural resources, more effective control of land use, and economic advantages to both the utility and the public. The scope, processes, and outcomes of the project are all detailed accompanied by diagrams, charts, and statistics. (BL)
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Note: Paper presented at the Conservation Education Association Conference (Murray State University, Kentucky, August 15, 1973)