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To power our world, we burn a billion tons of coal every year, leaving significant quantities of coal ash. Rather than sending this ash to landfills, some is being recycled for beneficial uses, including as an additive or key component of building products. In particular, the lighter ash (the dust that rises up the flue when coal is burned – usually referred to as fly ash) is now a common ingredient in concrete, carpet backing, recycled plastic lumber, grout, acoustic ceiling tiles, and myriad of other building materials.

Year of publication : 2011
Document Type: Report&Data

Large studies have shown higher rates of adult and childhood cancer and also birth defects around municipal waste incinerators. Incinerator emissions are a major source of fine particulates, of toxic metals and of more than 200 organic chemicals, including known carcinogens, mutagens, and hormone disrupters. Present safety measures are designed to avoid acute toxic effects in the immediate neighbourhood, but ignore the fact that many of the pollutants bioaccumulate, can enter the food chain and can cause chronic illnesses over time and over a much wider geographical area.

Year of publication : 2008
Document Type: Report&Data

Introduction to health effects of incineration. Occupational health impacts. Health impacts on populations living near to incinerators. Environmental contamination. Incinerator releases. The solution: reduce, re-use and recycle and phase out incineration.

Year of publication : 2001
Document Type: Report&Data

UKWIN (United Kingdom Without Incineration Network)'s introductory note on dioxins and other harmful incinerator emissions. Original URL: http://ukwin.org.uk/resources/health/dioxins-and-other-harmful-incinerat...

Document Type: Factsheet