7 Result(s) found

Air Emissions

Food waste is the single largest category of municipal solid waste (MSW) in California at 5.9 million tons or 16% of total MSW as of 1999 (CIWMB, 1999). Diverting a portion of food waste from landfills can provide a significant contribution toward achieving EPA, state, and local mandated solid waste diversion goals. In addition, diverting food waste from landfills prevents uncontrolled emissions of its breakdown products, including methane—a potent greenhouse gas. Currently, only about 2.5% of food waste is recycled nationwide, and the principal technology is composting.


Region: North America
Year of publication : 2008
Document Type: Report&Data

Large studies have shown higher rates of adult and childhood cancer and also birth defects around municipal waste incinerators. Incinerator emissions are a major source of fine particulates, of toxic metals and of more than 200 organic chemicals, including known carcinogens, mutagens, and hormone disrupters. Present safety measures are designed to avoid acute toxic effects in the immediate neighbourhood, but ignore the fact that many of the pollutants bioaccumulate, can enter the food chain and can cause chronic illnesses over time and over a much wider geographical area.


Year of publication : 2008
Document Type: Report&Data

Statement of evidence which illustrates the relationship between particulates / ultrafine particles and human health. The importance of the precautionary principle is also raised.


Region: Europe
Year of publication : 2009
Document Type: Report&Data

Over the past 10 years it was discovered that especially during start-up periods of (even state of art) incinerators the dioxin emissions in the flue-gas can increase compared to normal operation up to factors of 1000 in raw gas and after bagfilter. Another study quantified that around 40 % of the yearly dioxin emissions of a plant are produced and emitted during the 4 start-ups in one year. These findings revealed and demonstrated that dioxin and POPs emissions of incinerators cannot be reliably monitored by manual short term samplings since such spot measurements represent only 1 - 2 ?


Year of publication : 2008
Document Type: Report&Data

Introduction to health effects of incineration. Occupational health impacts. Health impacts on populations living near to incinerators. Environmental contamination. Incinerator releases. The solution: reduce, re-use and recycle and phase out incineration.


Year of publication : 2001
Document Type: Report&Data

This document is available as supplementary data for inclusion as online documentation. It includes:
a) Table 1, showing the list of tumors analyzed
b) Table 2, showing a description of industrial facilities analyzed in the paper
c) Table 3, showing the types of substances and amounts released to air by Spanish–based incinerators and hazardous waste treatment installations
d) Table 4, showing the types of substances and amounts released to water by Spanish–based incinerators and hazardous waste treatment installations


Region: Europe
Year of publication : 2013
Document Type: Report&Data

UKWIN (United Kingdom Without Incineration Network)'s introductory note on dioxins and other harmful incinerator emissions. Original URL: http://ukwin.org.uk/resources/health/dioxins-and-other-harmful-incinerat...


Document Type: Factsheet