Incineration

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Manlove, Alliott & Co. Ltd. 1894 destructor furnace at Cambridge Museum of Technology
Trash burning in an incinerator. The heat released by the burning trash is used to generate electricity.
A waste incinerator in Leeds, England.

Incineration is a form of waste disposal in which waste is burnt. Incineration converts the waste into ash, flue gas, and heat. The heat can be used to generate electricity with a steam turbine.

History[change | change source]

The first incinerators for waste disposal were built in Nottingham by Manlove, Alliott & Co. Ltd. in 1874. They were originally known as destructors.[1] The first incinerator in the US was built in 1885 on Governors Island in New York, NY.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Herbert, Lewis (2007). "Centenary History of Waste and Waste Managers in London and South East England" (PDF). Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
  2. "Energy Recovery - Basic Information". US EPA.