Refuse Recycling

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 7, Pg. 44-45

Document Type: Feature article


The refuse recycling plant at Columbus, Ohio, is a pioneer in burning as fuel a combination of refuse and coal. This hybrid fuel has advantages over burning either alone. One winter in the 1970's Columbus coal supply was threatened due to a cold spell so severe, the Ohio River froze up. Normally, coal arrives at Columbus by barges on the Ohio River. As for an energy-recovery incinerator burning refuse alone, the plant's supply of fuel would be cut off in case of a strike by refuse collectors. Another advantage of the hybrid fuel: The sulfer in the coal counteracts the corrosive effects of the chlorine in the refuse. The chlorine is highly corrosive to incinerator boiler tubes; if there is enough sulfer present, the corrosion problem is essentially solved.

Subject Headings: Corrosion | Recycling | Wastes | Coal | Hybrid methods | Rivers and streams | Incineration | Chlorine | Ohio | United States | Ohio River

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