Management of atmospheric pollutants from waste incineration processes: the case of Bozen

Waste Manag Res. 2013 Mar;31(3):235-40. doi: 10.1177/0734242X12472707. Epub 2013 Jan 30.


This article presents the case study of a waste incinerator located in a region rich in natural and environmental resources, and close to the city of Bozen, where there are about 100,000 inhabitants. Local authorities paid special attention to the effect of the plant on human health and the surrounding environment. Indeed, among the measures adopted to control the emissions, in 2003 an automatic sampling system was installed specifically to monitor polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin and polychlorinated dibenzofuran (PCDD/F) emissions during the complete operation time of the plant. The continuous sampling system was coupled directly to aerosol spectrometers for the determination of fine and ultra-fine particles in the emissions of the plant. The measurement results suggest that the waste incineration plant of Bozen is not a significant source of PCDD/F, or fine and ultra-fine particles. Immission measurements from other monitoring systems confirmed these results.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants / analysis*
  • Benzo(a)pyrene / analysis
  • Benzofurans / analysis
  • Cities
  • Dibenzofurans, Polychlorinated
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Hydrochloric Acid / chemistry
  • Incineration*
  • Italy
  • Particulate Matter / analysis
  • Polychlorinated Dibenzodioxins / analogs & derivatives
  • Polychlorinated Dibenzodioxins / analysis
  • Refuse Disposal / methods
  • Temperature


  • Air Pollutants
  • Benzofurans
  • Dibenzofurans, Polychlorinated
  • Particulate Matter
  • Polychlorinated Dibenzodioxins
  • Benzo(a)pyrene
  • Hydrochloric Acid