Trash in Onondaga County takes a somewhat different journey than trash in most U.S. communities.

Instead of going right to a landfill, most of our community’s trash is sent to the local Waste-to-Energy Facility, where it is turned into enough electricity to power 30,000 households a year. This reduces the amount of material that needs to be landfilled by 90%.

It also allows extraction of metals for recycling, which would otherwise go to a landfill.

The facility uses state-of-the-art pollution control technologies, and all emissions are carefully monitored with oversight by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Results of the facility’s annual air emissions and ash residue tests consistently demonstrate the facility’s exemplary environmental track record.

Anyone can see real-time data from our Waste-to-Energy Facility that demonstrates its superior environmental performance.

To learn more, check out this video on how waste-to-energy works:

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