Application of food waste leachate to a municipal solid waste incinerator for reduction of NOx emission and ammonia water consumption

  • Park, Jong Jin (Kolon Environmental Service Co., Ltd.) ;
  • Kim, Daegi (Department of Civil and Environmental Systems Engineering, Konkuk University) ;
  • Lee, Kwanyong (Department of Civil and Environmental Systems Engineering, Konkuk University) ;
  • Lee, Kyung Tae (Kolon Environmental Service Co., Ltd.) ;
  • Park, Ki Young (Department of Civil and Environmental Systems Engineering, Konkuk University)
  • Received : 2015.04.01
  • Accepted : 2015.04.24
  • Published : 2015.06.30


This study investigates the possibility of applying food waste leachate to a municipal solid waste incinerator in order to effectively dispose of the material and to reduce the environmental impact. The spray positions and the quantity of the food waste leachate in municipal solid waste incinerator were adjusted to examine the stability of the process and the environmental effect. The rear of the first combustion chamber was found to be the desirable location for an environmental perspective in this study. At a food waste leachate injection rate of $2m^3/h$, the concentration of the emitted NOx decreased from 130 ppm to 40 ppm. The consumption of ammonia water was reduced by about 36% after adding the food waste leachate. The inclusion of the food waste leachate to the municipal incinerator also increased the amount of steam that was produced. The results of this research indicated that a positive outcome can be expected in terms of diversifying the treatment options for food waste leachate. The results also provide guidance for institutional framework to manage the incineration of the food waste leachate.


Supported by : Korea Ministry of the Environment


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