End to End waste management by Waste Decoders
A. Reid Harvey
Jan 17, 2018
As to suitable options for disposal of waste, as appropriate, using rocket stoves scaled up to incinerator sizes would provide an environmentally optimized alternative. You might also consider the fact that a number of small scale incinerators would be greatly preferable to a few very large ones. Regardless, a key will be proper sorting of the waste and the all important monitoring and evaluation - M&E - implicit.
With these regards have a look at the following proposal, for which team mates/ partners are being sought:
Insulating Ceramic Rocket Stoves through Mass Production Techniques
Not to suggest that the insulating ceramic rocket incinerator would be the one and only suitable option, you might also check out the resources of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives:
As commentary, please note the mistaken notion that burning waste, in and of itself is a bad idea. I.e., there are indeed environmentally responsible alternatives.
Feb 11, 2018
Thanks Mr. Harvey for sharing your insights on small-scale rocket stove incinerator. It's an interesting topic and we are glad you shared this...However, we are a strong supporter of waste management hierarchy and prefer recycling & recovery of waste as a resource over incineration solutions. As recycling markets in the waste sector are linked to livelihoods of millions of low-income households, we largely wish to support efficient recycling practices in developing countries. Incineration is only effective when both electricity and heat can be recovered. It is unlikely to recover both at small scale so we may resort to it as the last option based on it's lifecycle efficiency (for non-recyclable waste).
Mar 7, 2018
Dr. Sugandh and Mr. Harvey,
Good discussion on burning vs building as alternatives to burying or blind-eyeing waste.
I have grappled with this issue in Zero Waste in the Last Best Place and look forward to seeing what comes of this laudable proposal.
Let's keep talking trash!
Bradley Layton PhD PE
Missoula, Montana USA
Mar 16, 2018
Dear Mr Bradley,
Thank you for sharing this incredible piece of writing. I am sure it will give us new ideas to make our proposal even stronger... I have ordered the book just now and will surely reply you on how this book added to our team's learnings.
With warm regards,