Use of Incinerator Bottom Ash for Frit Production

Grazia Barberio, Patrizia Buttol, Paolo Masoni, Simona Scalbi, Fernanda Andreola, Luisa Barbieri, Isabella Lancellotti

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This article presents the results of an experimental activity aimed at investigating the technical feasibility and the environmental performance of using municipal solid waste incineration bottom ash to produce glass frit for ceramic glaze (glaze frit). The process includes an industrial pretreatment of bottom ash that renders the material suitable for use in glaze frit production and allows recovery of aluminum and iron. The environmental performance of this treatment option is assessed with the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology. The goal of the LCA study is to assess and compare the environmental impacts of two scenarios of end of life of bottom ash from municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI): landfill disposal (conventional scenario) and bottom ash recovery for glaze frit production (innovative scenario). The main results of the laboratory tests, industrial simulations, and LCA study are presented and discussed, and the environmental advantages of recycling versus landfill disposal are highlighted. © 2010 by Yale University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200 - 216
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Industrial Ecology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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