Dioxin contents in fly ash from large-scale MSW incinerators in Taiwan

Moo Been Chang, Tsai Fei Huang

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In this study, fly ash samples were collected from three municipal waste incinerators (MWI) in Taiwan. These MWIs investigated are equipped with different air pollution control devices (APCDs). Preliminary results indicated that 2,3,7,8-PCDD/Fs homologue patterns of various types of fly ash were quite similar for all three MWIs. Concentrations of higher-chlorinated congeners of PCDDs and PCDFs were remarkably higher than those of lower-chlorinated congeners. In the case of MSW-A, the PCDD/PCDF ratios of ashes were found in the decreasing order for cyclone, boiler and baghouse. The PCDD/PCDF ratios in various types of fly ash of MWI-B was boiler-A < boiler-B < ESP < boiler-C. As for MSW-C, no obvious trend has been observed for PCDD/PCDF ratio. However, the ratio in boiler ash was higher than that in baghouse ash of MWI-A. The dioxin contents in fly ash would increase as the fly ash passed through APCD zones. In other words, the environmental conditions of APCD may actually cause the increase of the dioxin contents in fly ash. The trend for dioxin contents in fly ash collected from three MSW incinerators investigated was MSW-C < MSW-A < MSW-B.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2671-2680
Number of pages10
Issue number15
StatePublished - Dec 1999


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