Hazadous Wastes Should be Destroyed by Incineration—Not Stored in Landfills; Cement Kilns Could do the Job

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 4, Pg. 54-56

Document Type: Feature article


Presently, it is common practice to place in landfills various hazardous wastes. Yet, say some experts, landfilling these wastes is a mistake. Landfilling is not final disposal, but merely temporary storage, and the great hazard may be from long-lived and toxic wastes 50, 100, 1,000 years from now. The prudent course is to destroy as many hazardous wastes as possible by incineration. The hundreds of cement kilns around the U.S. could be used for this purpose. Inside these kilns is the most severe man-made environment known, readily destroying even the most stable organic molecules. Following this course will first require persuading the cement companies and the public.

Subject Headings: Hazardous wastes | Incineration | Landfills | Cement | Waste storage | Public health and safety | Toxicity | Waste disposal

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