Center for Transformation of Waste Technology
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Our History

In 2007, EPA officials contacted Dr. John R. Sheaffer and Dr. Prakasam Tata to discuss the formation of a Center of Excellence in Division 5. The purpose of this organization, as it was originally conceived, was to bring together experts in interrelated disciplines to review and endorse new technologies and innovations that better meet the mandates of The Clean Water Act and the criteria of sustainability. These innovations, it was emphasized, would then be introduced to the marketplace with both the blessings of both this newly formed body of experts and the EPA, and thus lead to the phasing out of industrial processes which are known to have negative impacts on the environment.

After numerous discussions with various academic scholars and businessmen in fields of chemistry, physics, environmental engineering, economics, ecology, wastewater, storm water management, pollution prevention, and flood mitigation, a board of governors was formed and The Center for Transformation of Waste Technology was registered as a not-for-profit organization in the State of Illinois in the fall of 2007. Dr. Tata and Dr. Sheaffer were chosen as the organization’s first executive and managing directors, respectively.

As the title suggests, the Center pursues technologies and process innovations pertaining to municipal wastewater reclamation and reuse as opposed to primary and secondary wastewater treatment facilities and innovations pertaining to the transformation of dump sites into community assets.


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Changing Waste to Wealth