The equipment technology to incinerate and in turn recover energy from industrial wastes is reasonably well documented via the manufacturers of the equipment involved. The difficult question for the industrial plant manager is whether the capital investment and operating costs are economically justified. This paper will review the styles of incineration and heat recovery systems which are typically applied to industrial wastes – solids, liquids, and gases – and then assess the quantity and type of waste materials which are needed to make the cost of installing that equipment economically justified.

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