Frequently Asked Questions
+How long has the WastAway® technology been in operation?
Research and development began in mid-1990s. The first commercial facility, located Morrison, TN, began operations in June 2003 and can be toured by appointment.
+What makes the WastAway system a great investment for your community or company?
It’s good for the environment and good for your community. It provides an opportunity for your company or community to achieve 100% recycling and/or zero landfill initiatives in a profitable manner.
+What are the revenue sources associated with the use of the WastAway technology?
Tipping fees, ferrous & non-ferrous metal sales, glass & inert sales, Fluff® or WastAway pellet sales, carbon credit sales and greenhouse gas credit/renewable energy credit (REC) sales.
+What happens to garbage that is recycled by the WastAway technology?
The system separates metals, inerts (glass, sand & rock) and other recyclables. The remaining organics are converted to a sterile, pathogen-free, odorless material called Fluff, which has multiple commercial applications.
+What are the uses for Fluff®?
Fluff can be used as an environmentally-friendly, sustainable, biogenic fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Fluff can also be used as a highly effective growing medium for the nursery, horticultural and agricultural industries, as well as for soil reclamation and erosion control. WastAway is also developing products, such as building materials, made from extruded Fluff.
+How much Greenhouse gas can be avoided by using WastAway pellets?
According to third-party studies performed under the Alberta carbon protocol, 2.75 tons of CO2 can be avoided for every ton of WastAway pellets used.
+What third-party recognition has the WastAway technology received? (WastAway and Battelle Memorial Institute)
The WastAway technology was named one of the “100 Most Technologically significant products of the year” by R&D Magazine. The technology also won CERL’s “Research Product Development Award”
+Is the WastAway technology patented?
WastAway has twelve patents issued or in process.
+Can we see the WastAway technology in operation?
The commercial facility, located Morrison, TN, can be toured by appointment. See Contact Us for more information.
+Why are WastAway pellets better than wood pellets?
WastAway pellets have a lower moisture content, are non-hygroscopic, free of micro-organisms and have a longer shelf life and higher BTU value than wood pellets. Best of all, they don’t require killing trees.
+Are there any emissions concerns when using WastAway pellets as a fuel?
No. In fact, independent, third-party testing at a national laboratory indicated a slight improvement in emissions quality relative to coal.
+Why are WastAway pellets considered sustainable/renewable energy?
Because they come from the endless supply of municipal solid waste that the world creates.
+How do WastAway pellets reduce greenhouse gases?
70% of municipal solid waste (MSW) is biogenic; therefore, the use of WastAway pellets reduces greenhouse gases (GHG) by 70%.
+What environmental credits do WastAway pellets qualify for?
Depending upon the location of your community or company, WastAway pellets may qualify for carbon credits, greenhouse gas credits, renewable energy credits, recycling credits, landfill diversion credits and/or renewable portfolio standards certificates.
+Do WastAway pellets have applications other than as a fuel?
Yes. Several test programs have indicated they are a favorable feedstock for processes that produce biofuel.
+How many trees does a ton of WastAway pellets save?
Forty-eight trees according to data provided by the U.K. forestry commission. That equates to over three million trees per year for a typical WastAway facility.