The future of incinerators has been called into question because of a traditional failure to adequately separate materials, leading to failures in recycling. This has resulted in unnecessary and costly environmental damage, and sometimes harm to the human health of facility workers. However, these issues have been reversed. Now, incinerators provide an array of environmental benefits and provide 4.8% of electricity and 13.7% of the total domestic heat used in Denmark in 2005 alone.
There is good reason to believe incinerators will continue to provide significant waste solutions well into the future. To facilitate this, Industrial Process Plants and Equipment (IPPE) stands out as a unique business structure, specializing in reducing costs to open, close, and maintain process plants by buying plants, equipment and real estate to recycle at reduced cost for new use.
Today, incineration focuses on waste-to-energy processes that rely on combustion to convert waste into IBM, gases, particles and heat. Once treated to remove any pollutants, these products can be further used to create electricity. The process is so effective, smaller countries such as Denmark and Japan may soon rely on incineration to meet their new, eco-friendly governmental regulations.
Toro Tohata, general manager of Nissan Motor Company’s recycling promotion department, said the company would strive to meet Japan’s goal of recycling 95% of automobiles by “coming up with the best materials to use for various parts at the design stage, as well as by developing ways to incinerate ASR and reuse the energy produced.”1
The waste-to-energy market is only going to continue to grow, having already shown a 5% increase since 2008.2 The primary drivers of this growth include increased waste generation, higher energy costs, rising environmental concerns, and limited landfill space.3 Waste-to-energy solutions address all of these issues with advanced technology solutions.
Through incineration, we can reduce the mass of waste by 95-96%, destroy toxins in medical waste, and produce heat and energy in the process.4
Although incineration is only one of several waste-to-energy technologies, it offers more than the usual benefits. Not only does it reduce the need for landfill space, it is also less expensive than the installation of compaction compressors and provides greater results. Incineration can rid waste of dangerous toxins through its use of high heat, and can handle large-scale or smaller scale operations. According to Waste Management World, there is an increasing demand for smaller, more local waste management solutions as a means of reducing the total carbon footprint of waste treatment.5
Incinerators offer more localized treatment with the added benefits of heat and electric generation for nearby municipalities. Although incineration is not yet able to completely eliminate the need for landfills, it can significantly reduce the mass of waste to be stored while also offering significant benefits back to the community.
Small countries such as Japan and Denmark have already witnessed the amazing waste-to-energy benefits that can result from today’s incineration technologies and approaches. The United States could significantly benefit from adopting incineration as a wide-scale solution to disposing clinical, municipal, and hazardous materials. Smaller plant owners can use this technology to generate less waste while saving money on operational costs, scale up as needed, and capitalize on this growing market by working with IPPE.
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