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The first incinerators for waste disposal were built in Nottingham by Manlove, Alliott & Co. Ltd. in 1874. They were originally known as destructors. The first incinerator in the US was built in 1885 on Governors Island in New York, NY.
- Herbert, Lewis (2007). "Centenary History of Waste and Waste Managers in London and South East England" (PDF). Chartered Institution of Wastes Management. http://ciwm.activedition.com/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.aspx?lID=1094&sID=469.
- "Energy Recovery - Basic Information". US EPA. http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/municipal/wte/basic.htm.