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Objective and Background

Incineration has been controversial, with the anti-incineration movement reaching its crescendo when Hong Kong closed its last incinerator in 1997. The development of technology such as gasification and co-combustion has given incineration a revival in recent years. However, the high temperature has to be sustained to stop dioxins from forming. This requires the energy intensive feedstock like plastics, woods and paper, all of which are valuable recyclables. This defies the efforts in waste reduction. The operation cost for incineration is three times more expensive than the landfill processing, though eight times more expensive than implementing the waste reduction policy.


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