Energy recovery

DEFINITION: The process which converts waste materials into useable heat, electricity, or fuel through a variety of methods including combustion, gasification and anaerobic digestion. Energy recovery diverts rubbish from landfill sites and reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as it avoids the need to burn fossil fuels to produce energy.

See also: Energy-from-waste (EfW)

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