What is gasification?
Gasification is a way of generating renewable energy. It involves the creation of a chemical reaction using a restricted oxygen supply. This converts carbon-based materials in the feedstock into a synthetic gas (syngas). The syngas is a fuel, which is turned into electricity by recovering heat in a boiler.
The process of producing the syngas does not involve combustion, so the facility is not an incinerator. Gasification is more efficient and cleaner than mass-burn incineration, and has the additional benefit of creating a useful product – energy.
Gasification does not compete with recycling, as materials can and should be recycled where possible.