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This paper reviews the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program to demonstrate new and innovative systems to recover materials and energy from municipal solid waste. The following resource recovery projects are described: (a) the use of shredded solid waste as a coal substitute, (b) the wet pulping of solid waste for materials recovery, (c) the pyrolysis of solid waste to produce a fuel oil, (d) the pyrolysis of solid waste for steam generation, (e) recovery of materials from incinerator residue, and (f) the use of shredded solid waste as a fuel in an oil-fired boiler.
The extent to which this program has been successful in promoting the implementation of resource recovery systems by state and local governments and by the private sector is discussed.
conservation, reclamation, materials recovery, natural resources
Deputy director, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.,