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Waste to energy

Thiagarajan, R.
Incineration of municipal and industrial solid waste for the purpose of reducing the waste volume is not a new technology, but has not been used extensively in the United states. Landfills are the most common method of solid waste disposal. Many of the existing nation's landfills are reaching their capacity and developing new landfills is becoming increasingly expensive. Municipalities and industries are now investigating the use of solid waste incinerators and some have constructed and started operation of these facilities. To help to stabilize or reduce the costs of these facilities, heat from the burning waste is used to generate steam and electricity.