Canada lagging behind on Energy From Waste Technologies



    Proven technology turns waste into valuable resource for electricity
    production

    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - A leading operator of Energy From Waste (EFW)
facilities says Canada is missing out on the untapped value of EFW
technologies, which uses residential and commercial waste to generate
electricity and reduces the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites.
    Mark Lyons, Vice President of Projects for Wheelabrator, a wholly owned
subsidiary of Waste Management, today addressed The Economic Club Of Toronto
on the safe, effective and proven "mass burn" process in use throughout the
U.S. that converts waste into electricity.
    Waste Management, through Wheelebrator, is a leading North American
developer and operator of EFW facilities that safely combust waste in
specially designed power plants. "This is a drastically different process from
incineration, which burns waste without energy recovery," says Lyons.
"Combustion is the most reliable and efficient approach to deriving energy
from waste and it drastically reduces the volume that goes into landfills.
We've been using this process for more than 30 years in 17 plants across the
U.S."
    Lyons says EFW is a viable option for Canada's energy supply and waste
management challenges that is available to Canadians right now. "We have
proven that this is an environmentally sound technology that makes good
business sense," says Lyons. "Thirteen per cent of America's solid waste is
processed at EFW facilities and it's time now for Canadian municipalities to
seriously consider this solution."

    About Waste Management

    Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive waste
management and environmental services in North America. Waste Management's
more than 50,000 employees company-wide serve 21 million municipal,
commercial, industrial and residential customers through a network of 413
collection operations, 370 transfer stations, 283 active landfill disposal
sites, 17 waste-to-energy plants, more than 100 recycling plants and 100
beneficial-use landfill gas projects.
    More information is available at www.wm.com and
www.wheelabratortechnologies.com





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For further information: Wes Muir, Director, Corporate Communications,
Cell: (905) 483-3099

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