Plastics combustion generates fossil CO2 emissions that can be avoided if plastics are removed from the waste stream utilized by the WTE facility.
Furthermore, plastic wastes have high heat contents, which use up more capacity in our WTE facilities per ton than other wastes. Since over 70% of our revenue is from fees to process waste versus revenues from electricity and metal recovery, wastes that use more capacity reduce our revenues. As such, removing plastics from the waste stream both reduces GHG emissions and benefits our business—a win-win situation. We encourage programs to remove plastics from the waste stream prior to entering our WTE facilities.