Recycling Refuse Into Energy

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., (M.ASCE), Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 9, Pg. 86-93

Document Type: Feature article


Some 50% of large cities, 10% of small ones reportedly are talking about recycling their municipal refuse. Several are building facilities or have recently begun operations. This article gives short case histories of a few of the more notable ones, including Ames, Iowa (the organic fraction of whose refuse helps fuel the furnace at the municipal electric generating plant), St. Louis (the pioneer in feeding the combustible fraction of the refuse to electric powerplant furnaces), Nashville (pioneer in finding a market for its incinerator-generated steam, but which is having technical and financial problems), and others. Such other treatment techniques as pyrolysis, water and air classification are discussed, as is the marketability of scrap metals. Focus is on reporting feedback from early operations of the newer plants.

Subject Headings: Recycling | Local government | Case studies | Electric power | Water treatment | Refuse derived fuel | Non-renewable energy | Combustion | United States | Iowa | Tennessee

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