Municipal Incineration of Refuse: Forward and Introduction

Committee on Municipal Refuse Practices

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1964, Vol. 90, Issue 3, Pg. 13-26

Document Type: Journal Paper


Of the several methods for refuse disposal, only sanitary landfilling and incineration possess the required flexibility of operation to adjust themselves to the ever varying quantity and character of refuse, are able to handle all solid wastes without need for segregation and resort to secondary methods of disposal, and can be operated with the minimum of nuisances and health hazards. Although sanitary landfills generally are more economical, they require extensive land areas and cannot be used over or near water supply aquifers. Under such conditions, incineration may prove to be the best current (1964) disposal method, particularly for the large, densely populated, urban areas.

Subject Headings: Local government | Incineration | Waste disposal | Solid mechanics | Solid wastes | Health hazards | Hazardous wastes | Landfills

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