Burning waste to make energy: How Amazon, American Airlines and Subaru are trying to get out of landfills

Burning waste to make energy: How Amazon, American Airlines and Subaru are trying to get out of landfills

Burning waste to make energy: How Amazon, American Airlines and Subaru are trying to get out of landfills In northern California's Stanislaus County, next to a landfill, there's a company managing waste in a very different way: by burning trash instead of burying it. The energy recovery facility run by New Jersey-based Covanta harnesses steam to make enough electricity to power 18,000 homes in the area. A portion of the waste comes from companies including American Airlines, Quest Diagnostics, Sunny Delight and Subaru. "When a major car manufacturer like Subaru says they're zero landfill, they have done the reduce, the reuse, recycle, and what's leftover they send to a facility like a waste-to-energy facility," said Paul Gilman, chief sustainability officer for Covanta, which has more than 40 sites across the …
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