Thermal plasma processing in the production of value added products from municipal solid waste (MSW) derived sources

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Abstract

The disposal of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) is an increasingly difficult challenge for communities. Advanced thermal treatment (ATT) technologies, such as Gasplasma®, have been specifically developed to effectively utilise wastes to generate clean electrical power. An added beneficial feature of this process is the conversion of ash-type materials in the MSW to environmentally-stable products capable of reuse in various applications, closing the recycling loop. This paper discusses this application of Gasplasma'. Also discussed is the use of plasma technology to thermo-chemically treat hazardous Air Pollution Control (APC) residues, derived from the gaseous abatement systems of MSW thermal treatment technologies to produce ceramic products.

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