Publication Sites Productive Uses of Combustion Ash

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Golden, Colo., Jan. 23, 1997 -- A new technology brief published by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) describes how ash use can reduce the cost of waste management and not harm the environment.

Communities in the United States typically dump municipal solid waste combustion ash in landfills. The new technology brief describes recent studies where ash was used successfully as a substitute for rock aggregate in asphalt pavements, as a road base and in concrete blocks.

These studies concluded that there are no adverse environmental effects from using ash.

For copies of the technical brief, Why Bury It When You Can Use It?, contact Sally Evans at the NREL Document Distribution Center, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, Colorado 80401, telephone 303/275-4363. Include in your request the document name and number, NREL/BR-430-21437.