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Toronto Considers Waste-to-Energy to Deal with Residential Construction Waste

Date: December 9, 2006

Source: News Room

The City of Toronto may consider waste-to-energy incineration for its residential construction waste. Studies have found no significant difference in human health effects or impact on the environment between a landfill site and a waste-to-energy incinerator. Burning municipal solid waste can generate energy while reducing the amount of waste by up to 90 per cent in volume and 75 per cent in weight. About 10 per cent of the ash formed is used for the cover of landfills and road construction. To control incineration pollution a liquid spray neutralizes acid gases, and filters remove tiny particles. High combustion temperatures mean the waste burns cleaner than traditional incinerators and creates less ash for disposal.

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