Waste-to-Value Technology

Waste-to-value technologies turn waste into energy, industrial products, or consumer goods. Anaerobic digestion (AD), landfill gas to energy, and waste recycling are common types of waste-to-value technology. Feedstocks for waste-to-value projects include organic and solid waste such as food waste, wastewater, dairy manure, and plastics.

Using appropriate feedstocks is crucial for maintaining safe and operational waste-to-value plants. Since waste streams naturally vary in composition, developing a feedstock strategy is the first step in developing a waste-to-value project. Use our feedstock matrix template to evaluate feedstock options. 

Waste-to-Value Statistics

A low-carbon economy depends on waste-to-value technology. Utilizing the ever-growing supply of waste is recognized as a component of a waste management strategy to mitigate climate change, and shrinking landfill capacity indicates the need for solutions. 

The demand for and importance of waste-derived solutions is reflected in these figures:

  • It’s estimated that in the United States, fuels derived from waste could replace 4 to 7 percent of the national fossil fuel consumption. 
  • According to the EPA, in 2018, 69 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) were recycled in the United States. However, nearly half of all trash goes to landfills.
  • Over 90% of renewable natural gas (RNG) currently comes from landfills. 
  • The carbon intensity of RNG derived from animal manure is up to eight times lower than conventional natural gas, according to World Resources Institute findings. 
  • The molded fiber market is expected to grow at a rate of nearly 5% over a seven-year period. The biodegradable material is a sustainable alternative to plastic packaging and styrofoam.

Recent Projects

Nexus PMG has provided due diligence, construction monitoring, independent engineering, and owners engineering services to many waste-to-value projects in the United States, aiding the deployment of these climate-critical technologies.

TechnologyPlant TypeOur RoleYear
Anaerobic DigestionFood Waste to RNGDue Diligence2021
Landfill GasLandfill Gas PortfolioOperations2021
RecyclingSolid Waste Recycling & Pig IronOwners Engineering2021
Anaerobic DigestionAD to RNG PortfolioDue Diligence2021
ManufacturingHemp Fiber DecortificationIndependent Engineering2021
Anaerobic DigestionDairy Manure AD to RNGDue Diligence2020
Anaerobic DigestionWastewater to RNGDue Diligence2020
Anaerobic DigestionFood Waste ADDue Diligence2020
RecyclingWaste Polypropylene ProcessingDue Diligence2020
Anaerobic DigestionAD to RNGDue Diligence2020
RecyclingRecyclingConstruction Monitoring2019
Molded FiberMolded FiberProject Development, Engineering2019
Propylene GlycolPropylene GlycolIndependent Engineering2019
Anaerobic Digestion367,000 MMBTU Dairy RNGProject Development Planning2019
Anaerobic Digestion350,000 MMBTU Dairy RNGProject Development2019
Bioethanol16.5M GPY Bioethanol PlantOwner’s Engineering, Engineering2019
Molded FiberMolded FiberDue Diligence, Independent Engineering2018
Anaerobic Digestion650,000 MMBTU Dairy RNG PlantDue Diligence2017

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