In this modern world we are focused on reducing landfill and replacing it with a more holistic approach to waste management. This includes a mix of recycling, re-using, reduction & incineration.
There is a need for incineration in cases where no other technology can provide the same complete destruction of waste.
Many pollutants and particulates can only be destroyed at temperatures in excess of 850ºC.
In recent years we have seen an increase in fatal accidents at landfill sites around the world. In 2017, 64 people died in a major landside at a landfill in Ethiopia and again just 3 days after that tragedy, in Sri Lanka another 16 people died.
These events could have been avoided by not overfilling landfill and providing viable alternatives that quickly reduce the volume of waste at these locations.
Inciner8 Limited and our international distributors have been working closely with authorities on projects that have alleviated some of these issues.
With the global production of waste expected to triple by 2100 these tragic events are only going to increase. It is therefore critical that organisations such as the UN, UNOPS and other international aid agencies support the local governments in these areas and start to invest in viable alternatives to landfill.
The biggest priority right now is the backlog of waste that is growing in many developing countries with very little infrastructure to process the waste safely and efficiently.
This situation is leading to the illegal dumping of medical and hazardous waste as the landfill are becoming too full or charging too much to accept waste.
Incineration is the ideal short term solution and combined with a heat recovery solution could also generate much needed hot water or warm air to assist in overall clean-up operations.