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Destruction technologies

It is obvious that Obsolete Pesticides and POPs have to be destroyed. There are various destruction methods available and IHPA has been engaged for many years to assess the various technologies independently. Below you can find a list of technologies being assessed specifically for the Secretariat of the Basel Convention (SBC). The technologies have been assessed in socalled POPs Technology Specification and Data Sheets. The sheets are mostly combined with an Annex that includes project data and facts.

In 2005, 7 SBC POPs Technology Specification and Data Sheets have been published (see IHPA library for the individual Sheets and for a compilation of 7 Sheets to http://www.basel.int/meetings/sbc/workdoc/techdocs.html and go to Training manuals and download:  Destruction and Decontamination Technologies for PCBs and Other POPs Wastes (Part III Annexes)

During the year 2008 a number of new Sheets have been produced. At present there is a provisional version available, and a final version will become available during 2009. The preliminary sheets are also listed below and are available in the IHPA Library:

  • Alkali-Metal-Reduction + Annex
  • Autoclaving + Annex
  • Base Catalyzed Decomposition (BCD) + Annex
  • Cement Kiln Co-Processing (High Temperature Treatment) + Annex
  • Gas-Phase Chemical Reduction (GPCR) + Annex
  • Hazardous Waste Incineration + Annex
  • Plasma Arc (PLASCON) + Annex

Provisional Sheets:

  • Catalytic Hydrodechlorination (CHD) + Annex
  • Potassium Tert-Butoxide (t-BuOK) Method + Annex
  • Supercritical Water Oxidation (SCWO) + Annex
  • Waste to Gas Conversion
  • Vitrification (Geomelt) + Annex
  • Ball Milling (Radical Planet) + Annex
  • Thermal Retorting + Annex

SBC is planning to publish the final Sheets in a similar manual during the year 2009.

About IHPA

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