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Characterization and Extraction of Metals from Waste Residues

The American public generates over 150 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) each year. Changes in environmental legislation and landfill management policies are precipitating a reevaluation of MSW disposal practices. Alternatives to landfilling MSW include recycling, energy and resource recovery, and combustion of processed or non-processed wastes. Refuse derived fuel (RDF) is produced from M S W ' , ~ . ~ and is often used as a supplemental fuel in power plants. Another option using combustion is mass burning of MSW where minimal processing occurs prior to combustion.