Comparison of Large, Centralized Incinerators to Small, Localized WTE Facilities
Local, Small-Scale WTE Facility
Regulatory approval can take 5 to 10 years and involves acrimonious social and political debate.
Regulatory approval is typically science-based and can take less than 2 years.
Majority of residents and businesses utilizing the service think of the waste going “away”.
The management of waste is integrated into the local community.
Heat and/or electricity generated utilized by community hosting the facility
Heat and/or electricity generated is used by local community that generated the waste
Cost can be in $100 million or more
A small municipality can sign a Design/Build/Operate contract for $70 per tonne
Green collar jobs for the host community
Local ‘green collar’ jobs
Stringent emission limits
The same stringent emission limits as large facilities