Assessing the Impact of Waste Legislation on Mills Operating Coal- Fired Boiler Plants in Developing Countries
Keywords:Waste legislation, sustainability, cleaner production techniques, cleaner technologies, boiler ash, environmental and economic performance
The purpose of this article is to assess the impact of current waste legislation on the sustainability of mills operating coal-fired boiler plants that generate boiler ash as waste. This article is based on a case study of a paper and pulp manufacturing company in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Results of the finding indicate that companies operating coal-fired boiler plants will need to adopt cleaner production technology and techniques to reduce boiler ash waste in order continue business operations in the future. Current waste legislation will not allow companies to dispose of boiler ash to landfill sites within the next 5 to 7 years. Ultimately, management needs to consider investment in cleaner technologies as a strategy to improve environmental and economic performance to ensure their future sustainability.
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