Ash from waste-to-energy plants often contains high concentrations of the various metals that were present in the original waste, and ash disposal is critical. As an example, textile dyes, printing inks, and ceramics may contain lead and cadmium. Separating the waste before burning solves part of the problem. For example, because batteries are the largest source of lead and cadmium in municipal waste, they should not be included in the regular trash. Fluorescent light bulbs should also not be put in regular trash because they contain small amounts of mercury. The EPA checks plants to make sure that the chemicals and metals are not contaminating the soil or groundwater. Many landfills use ash that is considered safe to cover their landfills, and some of this ash is used to make concrete blocks and bricks.
With over 150 experts worldwide, Lee Enterprises Consulting has experts that can assist in ash disposal at WTE plants. We also have experts in many specific clean and renewable areas, including anaerobic digestion, fermentation, biomass, conversion technologies for things like tires and railroad ties, organic synthesis, fuel additives, ethanol gas, biodiesel fuel including algae biofuels, solid-state and industrial fermentation, green energy grants, ag-biotech, agricultural waste, alcohol fuels, alternative proteins, and animal-free products, sustainable foods, beverage fermentation, biocatalysis, biodiesel conversion, biogas production, biomass power, carbon intensity, co2 utilization, combined heat & power, Fischer-Tropsch technology, food waste, hydrothermal carbonization, industrial enzymes, landfill management, microbial fermentation, organic synthesis, plastic pyrolysis, plastic recycling, plastic waste, pyrolysis oil, reactor design, renewable identification number, the Renewable Fuel Standard (rfs2), solid recovered fuels, torrefaction and torrefied biomass, waste to energy, and waste-to-hydrogen. This is a multidisciplinary group of green energy consultants that is a virtual “one-stop-shop” for any client need and handles projects of all types and sizes.
Look at our experts and the services we provide. Most of our experts are also available to advise and serve as expert witnesses in bioeconomy litigation matters. For the larger projects, we specialize in putting together full-service, interdisciplinary teams with one point of contact. See a video about LEC here. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information.