Hazardous Waste Incineration
Hazardous Waste Incineration is used to describe those facilities which are specifically designed for the treatment of hazardous waste - these facilities are typically a rotary kiln design operating above 1100 degrees centrigrade with a highly specialised flue gas cleaning system. Where possible energy is recovered either for use in the process, generating electricity or for steam production (either industrial or district heating uses).
Dealing with special wastes involves treatment of hazardous waste as well as hazardous components present in other wastes. Certain Hazardous Wastes cannot be destroyed by any other means than High Temperature Incineration, for instance:
- refrigerants containing CFCs – cause depletion of the ozone layer
- PCBs – once in the food chain do not biodegrade, build up in fatty tissue
- certain cyanide containing waste
Hazardous waste incinerators operate to and comply with the strictest emission limits of any industry in the European Union, utilising state-of-the-art facilities combined with experienced and well-trained operators.
The benefits of HWI
HWI plays a prominent role in the destruction and elimination of pollutants from hazardous wastes.
Without the option of HWI some industries could not operate in an environmentally acceptable way.
Environmentally sustainable decontamination in incineration facilities for special waste is essential to support a modern recycling society.
HWI plays an important role in decontaminating and cleaning the wider environment for example the clean-up of old contaminated industrial sites.