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Manlove, Alliott & Co. Ltd. 1894 destructor furnace at Cambridge Museum of Technology
Trash burning in an incinerator. The heat released by the burning trash is used to generate electricity.
A waste incinerator in Leeds, England.

Incineration is a form of waste disposal in which waste is burnt. Incineration converts the waste into ash, flue gas, and heat. The heat can be used to generate electricity with a steam turbine.


The first incinerators for waste disposal were built in Nottingham by Manlove, Alliott & Co. Ltd. in 1874. They were originally known as destructors.[1] The first incinerator in the US was built in 1885 on Governors Island in New York, NY.[2]