Harrisburg Pioneering Codisposal of Refuse and Sludge

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 10, Pg. 72-75

Document Type: Feature article


Harrisburg, Pa. is doing something that sounds like common sense yet which has been done by very few communities in the U.S.: disposing of both its municipal refuse and sewage sludge in the same incinerator, then using the steam generated to dewater sludge, heat buildings, etc. A key reason the city decided to incinerate wastes is that there were no landfill sites available within reasonable hauling distance. What about the outlook across the U.S. for coincineration? To date, there hasn't been much activity — though high fuel costs and lack of landfills has prodded considerable activity in Europe in recent years. In the future, there may be a dozen or more codisposal facilities in the U.S. if several barriers are hurdled. Among them: lack of cooperation among local jurisdictions: more EPA funds for such projects; air pollution.

Subject Headings: Sludge | Incineration | Landfills | Air pollution | Local government | Sewage | Professional societies | Steam power | Europe

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