Waste Products for Fuel Picture Wood waste from furniture manufactures, old tires, and even solid municipal and waste can all be used as a fuel source to produce steam. Many cities and towns have looked to this method because of their need for electricity and their growing concerns over landfill capacity. But, these plants have proved to be fairly expensive to operate due to high maintenance costs. In addition, the ash from the burned waste can at times become a hazardous waste, increasing the disposal cost to significant levels compared to a normal landfill.