Deegan, D. E., Chapman, C. D., Ismail, S. A., Wise, M. L. H., Ly, H. and Phillips, P. S. (2007) A radical new, environmentally acceptable approach to hazardous waste management in the UK - a case study of plasma arc technology. Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management.32(4), pp. 246-255. 1088-1697.
Deegan, D. E., Chapman, C. D., Ismail, S. A., Wise, M. L. H., Ly, H. and Phillips, P. S.
Driven by European legislation the UK has commenced a new phase in waste management where it seeks to introduce new and cost effective technologies to manage a range of wastes – including hazardous. Key to all these developments is the demonstration to the public that the new technologies are `environmentally friendly` and do not in themselves create problems through excess production of say hazardous residues. The use of plasma arc technologies, especially in the treatment of hazardous wastes, is set to expand in the UK. The technology is intermediate within the waste management hierarchy and is characterised as an Advanced Conversion Technique (ACT) with Best Available Technique (BAT) attributes. Adoption is driven by the increasing stringency of environmental regulations, the requirement for efficient resource utilisation, the responsibility of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for product life cycle impact and the reducing capacity of traditional disposal mechanisms. Within this industrial climate, plasma technology is set to become an important component of sustainable waste management solutions. Tetronics’ technology is mature and has been successfully employed in a range of commercial-scale environmental applications. This paper reviews recent developments in plasma arc technology for the treatment of Asbestos Containing Material as well as general aspects of other future prospects.