What are the advantages and disadvantages of incineration?


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One advantage of the waste-incineration process is that it reduces the weight and volume of the waste. This process results in a less hazardous amount of waste. The gas and residue that incineration produces, such as slag and ash, is odorless.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of incineration?
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Another advantage is that waste incineration requires less land area as compared to waste-disposal sites.

A disadvantage of waste incineration is that flue gases produced during this process contain residues that can pollute the environment. Also, the amount of energy produced by incineration can only serve a small town. Incinerated waste produces ash that contains toxins. If not handled properly, these toxins can lead to environmental problems when toxicity levels become high.

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