The partitioning and fate of heavy metals from municipal solid waste incineration plants in Taiwan

Kuen Sheng Wang, Kung Yuh Chiang, Sheen Ming Lin, Chung Chih Yeh

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Abstract

This study investigates the fate and partitioning of heavy metals in the municipal solid waste (MSW) incinerator ash collected from a typical mass burning incineration plant in Taiwan. The results indicate that large amounts of heavy metals are contributed by noncombustible composition in the MSW. Regarding the partitioning results, Cd and its high vapor pressure compounds were relatively volatile compared to the other trace metals. On average, more than 70% of the Cd was captured in the fly ash, compared to an average of less than 10% of the Cu and Cr. Pb and Zn partitioning was distributed equally between the bottom ash and the fly ash.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-239
Number of pages9
JournalToxicological and Environmental Chemistry
Volume65
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

Keywords

  • Fate
  • Heavy metal
  • Municipal solid waste
  • Partitioning

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