Often when people hear the word “incinerator” they think of incinerating garbage or general waste, but that are many industries that incinerate waste, and some that may surprise you! One thing we have learned over the twenty years of being in the business of manufacturing incinerators is that they are used by a variety of different industries, not just waste management companies.
13 Industries that Incinerate Waste (and some that may surprise you!)
1. Zoos, Safari Parks, Animal Exhibitions
People who manage zoos or safari parks care about the animals and don’t want to endanger them with disease or infection. A great amount of waste is generated at zoos, not just from the animals, but the animal’s food waste, animal bedding, veterinary or medical care waste, and animal carcasses. Zoos and safari parks also have the addition of waste from their visitors. Incineration is a safe and effective way to eliminate this waste and keep your animals healthy.
2. Law Enforcement Agencies
Various law enforcement agencies use incinerations to destroy items ranging from expired prescription medicine disposal to evidence destruction. Incineration breaks the chemical bonds in prescription drugs or illegal drugs to render them harmless. Learn more about drug disposal incineration.
3. Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facilities
Medical marijuana cultivation facilities such as growers, dispensaries, and transporters can use incinerators to dispose of cannabis plant waste. The unused marijuana plant waste such as roots, stalks, leaves, and stems is incinerated. Marijuana farmers are required to dispose of the organic compound according to their local legislation. Learn more about Cannabis Waste Compliance here.
4. Medical & Healthcare Facilities
Medical facilities such as hospitals can incinerate both infectious and non-infectious waste including housekeeping waste. Infectious biohazard waste can include including from surgical supplies to healthcare PPE. Learn more about medical waste destruction.
5. Ranches, Horse Rescues, and Sanctuaries
Ranches, Horse Rescues, and Sanctuaries have the challenge of disposing of large animals after they die. Incineration is a cost-effective solution for large animal disposal and Firelake has equipment that can incinerate large animals using a top-loading sling or bucket. Learn more about large animal cremators.
6. Shipping Industry -Barges and Ferries
Barges and ferries need an efficient way to eliminate waste while they are in transit. Using an incinerator to manage the waste on the boat is a cost-effective option for these smaller boats.
7. Veterinarians & Animal Hospitals
Veterinarians, animal hospitals, and even specialty medical centers such as equine hospitals offer pet cremation as a service and also use incinerators to eliminate medical waste from the animals. Firelake offers separate pet animal trays so pets can be cremated either as a single or multi pet, while maintaining the integrity of the separate remains. Learn more about veterinary clinics and pet cremation.
8. Meat Processing Plants or Meat Lockers
Small meat processing plants, meat lockers, and slaughter houses have animal waste such as hair, bone, fat, blood, and carcasses that must be properly disposed of to reduce the risk of disease after animal slaughter and a clear choice for proper disposal of animal carcasses.
9. Emergency Crisis Management
During emergency crisis management, incineration can help to eliminate the potential for further disease spread or other problems. For instance, during crises such as the Bird Flu or Avian Flu, infected animals had to be gathered for a quick burial as incineration could not happen fast enough without proper preparation. This also was the case during the COVID pandemic where many hog farmers were forced to killed and dispose of the swine quickly due to their plants being shut down. Having incinerators available for emergency crisis management can help get issues under control faster.
10. Cremation & Funeral Industry
Many funeral and cremation companies are adding pet loss services to their funeral home operation. Many “pet parents” want to honor the life of their pet similar to how they would honor a human loved one. Some funeral and cremation companies serve the pet owner directly, where others work directly with veterinarians to offer the pet cremation service.
11. Municipal Governments
Governments such as city, county, and country entities can use incinerators to manage their solid waste, including places where groups of people live or come together, such as encampments, rural cities, remote areas, hunting camps. Learn more about municipal solid waste incineration. Often incinerators are used to dispose of trash and waste in remote locations.
12. Agriculture Operations
Agricultural and farming operations including poultry farms, cattle farms, and other ag-related businesses rely on incinerators to dispose of their commercial farming waste. Learn more about agricultural and farming incinerators.
13. Laboratory & Universities Settings
In settings where animal testing is being performed such as laboratories and universities, an incinerator disposes of animal bedding and supplies, as well as any animal carcasses.
Does your Industry Incinerate Waste?
Did you realize that there are so many uses for incineration equipment? Firelake Manufacturing can answer your incinerator questions, help you locate a local dealer, and get you started. Call us today at 800-820-3391 or fill out the form below. We will be happy to explain our equipment, what is needed to get a machine installed, and how to operate it in a few simple steps.