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Re: Who counts incineration as recycling?
Title: Who counts incineration as recycling?
I do not have current data. However, a note that the issue is not as
simple as it may seem. At one time EPA suggested that incineration of high
fuel value wastes -- those that would provide net energy sufficient to be fuel
for incinerating other wastes -- could be considered as a reuse of the high fuel
value material, since that would offset the use of clean fuel for the
incinerator. This is similar to allowing a cement kiln to count the use of
high fuel value waste as fuel and therefore as recycling. In addition,
cement kilns MAY be in a position to count some of the metals and salts as
recycling if it displaces other metals and salts necessary to make good cement,
such as Al, Fe and Cl.
In the case of cement kilns, I have problems with the metals and chlorine
counting as waste reduction, but not the fuel value materials, since otherwise
the kiln would burn more coal or natural gas.
I have some problems with anything that goes into an incinerator being
considered waste reduction!!! However, at one time, EPA called anything
that reduced land disposal "waste minimization". After that term became
politicized, "reduction" was substituted for minimization, but the basics of the
program are the same.
Ralph E. Cooper, Ph.D., J.D.
San Antonio, TX
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Does anyone have any
information on which States or whoever count incineration
as recycling or
recovery when calculating their recycling rate? Also do
know how they calculate it? ( as reuse of ash or as energy
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