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Therefore, it’s necessary to get rid of trash from our garbage bins and make good use of it. Rather than having to put up with landfills and littering all over the place, it’s possible to transform trash into power and then feed it into the national or utility grid. This New York Times article highlights the growing trend. 

Electricity generated from trash is a form of green energy because it’s aimed at saving the planet. The process of recycling trash employed in these settings has a lesser impact on the environment. There is definitely a necessity for our premises to be powered by trash. Power from trash can be used for lighting and heating in homes and business premises both.

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Technology

How does the trash recycling technology work? Basically, trash can be converted into useful energy through a process referred to as incineration/thermal treatment. Incineration is ideally a waste treatment process which involves combustion of organic substances that are contained in waste.

Incineration with energy recovery is now what has to be employed in this case of trash recycling. It’s mostly used together with gasification but the difference is that the energy product obtained from incineration is high temperature heat whereby combustible gas is the main product of gasification.

Much as there are lots of concerns with regards to the use of incinerators to generate energy from trash, their effectiveness in reducing solid mass of the original waste and building a better energy cushion in the process cannot be overlooked.

The pros and cons of incineration

Incineration with energy recovery is considered to be the best method of waste management. Before installing incineration systems, it is vital to understand their advantages and disadvantages.

The advantages

  • Being a practical method of waste disposal, incineration saves a lot of money on transportation of wastes to landfills. In the process, it tends to cut down on the carbon footprint that those transportation means leave behind.
  • The reduction in the amount of space that is required for the disposal of wastes is also a major saving in most parts of the world.
  • Landfills in most instances give rise to lots of insects and pests. Incineration is the best answer to these concerns.
  • An incineration plant looks just like any other industrial structure and offers a major advantage of producing electricity.
  • There are some parts of the world where the heat from incinerators is also used for heating offices and houses that are located near the plant.

The disadvantages

  • The high cost of incineration is definitely a turnoff for many people.
  • The need for huge amounts of wastes to be incinerated is also a major concern.
  • The plants need skilled personnel for maintenance and operation.

Incineration is quite widespread. Many households and businesses in Nevada, Massachusetts, Virginia and Wisconsin have been adopting this form of waste management. Many European countries and cities have also adopted the use of incineration. This however depends on the amount of landfill and wastes that have to be incinerated. Where large amount of trash are involved, authorities have moved to build plants just for this purpose.

There is no denying that more often than not we come across trash strewn all over the place. Such scenes are unsightly and something ought to be done. Incineration is the answer to this as it offers a decent structure where non-biodegradable wastes can be transformed into useful energy.


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