The Battle Over Burning

by J. Prendergast, Assoc. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 7, Pg. 48-51

Document Type: Feature article


Prendergast examined the strategy of integrated solid waste management as a potential solution to the U.S. garbage crisis, in particular the role of resource recovery. This strategy, which combines incineration in modern resource recovery facilities, recyling and waste reduction, and minimal landfilling, has received wide support among industry, government and environmental experts. The article described the advance of incineration technology to the point where it is now able to substantially eliminate pollutants from the air, the options for ash disposal, the status of recycling and its relationship to resource recovery, and the continuing opposition to resource recovery facilities from NIMBY groups and some environmentalists.

Subject Headings: Recycling | Solid wastes | Incineration | Solid mechanics | Resource management | Industrial facilities | Industrial wastes | Government buildings

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