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U.S. sees beginnings of a clean waste-to-energy industry

There's a burst of activity in the waste-to-energy sector in the United States as a handful of companies work toward developing new technologies for converting municipal garbage into something more useful -- electricity, heat and biofuels. A renewed and increased interest in recycling and a need to cut down on fossil fuel dependence has led to the expansion of some waste energy facilities, and a few new players are entering the field.

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