Innovative Technology for Municipal Solid Waste Disposal and Landfill Mining

EPA Contract Number: 68D40055
Title: Innovative Technology for Municipal Solid Waste Disposal and Landfill Mining
Investigators: Dickinson, Norman
Small Business: EnerTech Environmental Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 1994 through March 1, 1995
Project Amount: $55,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1994) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , SBIR - Waste , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) is a growing national problem without a good solution. This project targets MSW as a low grade fuel and represents a distinct improvement over current combustion and incineration methods.

Although home composting and curbside recycling have somewhat reduced the quantity of MSW, landfills are reaching capacity. Aqueous runoff is of increasing concern. The main alternative, incineration, is expensive, inefficient, and perceived by the public as a health hazard. Dry resource recovery (RR), which results in a refuse derived fuel (RDF), is labor-intensive and requires costly safety measures.

By combining the innovative process of carbonization and wet thermal oxidation, EnerTech seeks to commercialize an alternative wet combustion method which is less costly, more energy efficient, and has excellent control over gaseous and solid emissions.

Supplemental Keywords:

MSW, Slurry, Carbonization, Wet Thermal Oxidation, Energy, Efficiency., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Waste, Sustainable Industry/Business, Chemical Engineering, Municipal, Environmental Chemistry, Sustainable Environment, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Incineration/Combustion, carbonization, municipal waste, municipal solid waste landfills, combustion method, wet combustion, slurry, wet thermal oxidation, wet combustion method

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final
  • SBIR Phase II:

    Innovative Technology for Efficient Utilization of Municipal Solid Waste