WTE: Thermal Waste Treatment for Sustainable Waste Management

  • Paul H. BrunnerEmail author
Reference work entry
Part of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology Series book series (ESSTS)



Characterizing an element that concentrates in the atmosphere


Dioxin with one of the two oxygen atoms replaced by a carbon-carbon bond


Short for dibenzo-dioxin, often substituted with various chlorine atoms such as 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD)


Municipal solid waste, representing mixed waste that is collected by a given collection system. Since in addition other collection systems for recycling might be present too (paper, glass, metals, etc.), MSW from different regions with different collection systems might vary even if consumption patterns are identical.




Statistical entropy analysis (see Rechberger in this volume)

Transfer coefficient k Xi

Coefficient describing the partitioning of an element X among “i” products of incineration

Definition of the Subject and Its Importance

Thermal treatment of waste is not an isolated process: It is part of waste management, energy supply, resource management, and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste ManagementVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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