Waste incineration

There’s no doubt that the burning of waste has been common throughout history. However, it wasn’t until 1874, in Leeds (England), that the first urban waste incinerator was built, due to a cholera epidemic. Alfred Fryer was the inventor who designed the incinerator for purifying organic matter and, curiously, he called the invention: Destructor.

Landfill problems

In the previous post, we have seen what a landfill is and how much garbage ends in this facility. To bury waste into the soil has many impacts on our environment and the main problems are the following: 


From the historical point of view, landfills are the leading and oldest way to treat waste and probably constitute the first waste management system. In Banyoles (Girona) there is a Neolithic site (La Draga) which is over 7,300 years old with pits that were used as landfills.

The waste problem

To this point, we have seen the total amount of garbage that we generate, the increasing of this waste and the main causes. Whatever the cause is, the fact is there’s no doubt that the increase in waste increase has not only been extraordinary but continues to increase in many countries –- developed or in …

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Why does garbage grow?

Previously, we have seen, how garbage does not stop growing and it has tripled in only 50 years. The causes[1] for the increase in waste are varied but highlighting the following can be highlighted: The inefficiency of the production systems (for each ton of waste used or consumed can generate 20 tons of raw material …

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