Waste treatment (incineration, recycling)


This area is for people interested in thermal products and processes related to waste treatment (incineration, recycling). Click on the items below.  


Case studies

Case 1: Thermal waste treatment

Thermal methods of treating waste provide a safe and optimal way of extracting energy and eliminating harmful substances. Thermal treatment of waste can generate electricity and thermal energy which can supplement scarce fossil energy resources.



SUWIC (Sheffield University Waste Incineration Centre) is one of the leading international research centres for the thermal treatment of waste. The centre has a worldwide reputation for innovative investigations into combustion, gasification and pyrolysis of biomass/waste and associated electrical power generation systems.


Industry guides

The solid waste handbook- a practical guide: a comprehensive single-source reference on current issues in solid waste management, covering in particular thermal technologies.



ETC/RWM (The European Topic Centre on Resource and Waste Management) is a consortium of seven specialist partner organisations from environmental authorities and research communities in Europe with special focus on waste and material flows.

SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) with especially the Waste-to-Energy Division provides industry professionals with the information they need to improve their operational efficiency while encouraging innovation to enhance waste-to-energy's role as a viable option for solid waste management and an expanded source for clean, reliable and renewable power.

WTERT (Waste To Energy Research and Technology Council) is a technical group that brings together engineers, scientists and officials from industry, academies, and government around the world in the effort to increase the recovery of materials and energy from waste and reduce the environmental impacts of waste disposal.

BIR (Bureau of International Recycling) is an international trade federation representing the world's recycling industry, covering in particular ferrous and non-ferrous metals, paper and textiles. Plastics, rubber and tyres are also studied and traded by some BIR members.

EUROMETREC (European Metal Trade and Recycling Federation) is a daughter organisation to BIR, representing the national member federations of the European Union (EU) member states.



The Institute of Energy Technology (ETH, Zürich, Switzerland) has developed a research project on solar thermal recycling of hazardous waste materials.


Temperature measurement

Infrared (non-contact) temperature measurement equipment and related resources (like training, calibration & industry application notes) can be found at the sites below:

FLIR Systems
Land Instruments International
Mikron Infrared


Thermal property data

EIONET provides a list of 15 international databases on waste data and information.


Useful links


SUWIC (Sheffield University Waste Incineration Centre): mathematical model of the combustion chamber of a waste-to-energy plan.


SAFETYNET is a common European information market for process safety. Safetynet was  developed during 1998 - 2001 with funding support from the European Commission.

SWISSI (Swiss Institute of Safety and Security, Basel) is a training and consulting centre of expertise for risk and safety for the process industries (chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food products, paper, surface coatings, etc.)


LIOR International provides CD-Roms on renewable energies, including biomass from waste, biomass gasification, biomass combustion.

The Energy and Resources Research Institute (University of Leeds, UK) organises courses on the thermal treatment of municipal solid waste, including coverage of the various thermal treatment processes and associated issues.