Emission estimation calculators, booklet 1: chapter 11

Municipal Solid Waste Incineration in Newfoundland and Labrador - Conical Burners

Incineration of municipal solid waste (not wood waste) results in release of Mercury and its compounds (Part 1 Substances), hexachlorobenzene and dioxins/furans (Part 3 Substances) and Criteria Air Contaminants (Part 4 Substances). This waste disposal practice is believed to still exist in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Download spreadsheet calculator: Municipal Solid Waste Incineration in Newfoundland and Labrador - Conical Burners [xls 62 KB] (4 Feb 2009) (See also: Guidance on Reporting the Releases of NPRI Substances for Conical Burners in Newfoundland and Labrador.)

Suggested estimation methodology: Emission Factor

The equation for emissions estimation given the quantity of waste incinerated in tonnes is:

E = A x EF


  • E = emissions
  • A = activity rate
  • EF = emissions factor

A = quantity of waste incinerated [tonnes];

If A is not known, it can be estimated using the following equation:

A = B x 0.811 x (C/365)Footnote*


  • B = population served
  • C = number of days of operation during the year

Input Data

A = Quantity of waste incinerated [tonnes per year]
B = Population served
C = Number of days of operation during the year

Substance Releases

Part 1, 3, 4 Substance Releases
Substance Name Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CAS RN)Footnote1 Part Emission Factor (EF) EF Units
Mercury (and its compounds) Footnote** 1 0.0014Footnote2 kilograms (kg)/tonne
1,2,3,4,6,7,8-Heptachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpCDD) 35822-46-9 3 0.000275Footnote4 grams (g)/tonne
1,2,3,4,6,7,8-Heptachlorodibenzofuran (1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpCDF) 67562-39-4 3 0.0018Footnote4 g/tonne
1,2,3,4,7,8,9-Heptachlorodibenzofuran (1,2,3,4,7,8,9-HpCDF) 55673-89-7 3 0.0002Footnote4 g/tonne
1,2,3,4,7,8-Hexachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (1,2,3,4,7,8-HxCDD) 39227-28-6 3 0.000175Footnote4 g/tonne
1,2,3,6,7,8-Hexachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (1,2,3,6,7,8-HxCDD) 57653-85-7 3 0.000275Footnote4 g/tonne
1,2,3,7,8,9-Hexachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (1,2,3,7,8,9-HxCDD) 19408-74-3 3 0.000225Footnote4 g/tonne
1,2,3,4,7,8-Hexachlorodibenzofuran (1,2,3,4,7,8-HxCDF) 70648-26-9 3 0.0001Footnote4 g/tonne
1,2,3,6,7,8-Hexachlorodibenzofuran (1,2,3,6,7,8-HxCDF) 57117-44-9 3 0.000175Footnote4 g/tonne
1,2,3,7,8,9-Hexachlorodibenzofuran (1,2,3,7,8,9-HxCDF) 72918-21-9 3 0.000175Footnote4 g/tonne
2,3,4,6,7,8-Hexachlorodibenzofuran (2,3,4,6,7,8-HxCDF) 60851-34-5 3 0.000125Footnote4 g/tonne
Octachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (OCDD) 3268-87-9 3 0.03825Footnote4 g/tonne
Octachlorodibenzofuran (OCDF) 39001-02-0 3 0.000325Footnote4 g/tonne
1,2,3,7,8-Pentachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (1,2,3,7,8-PeCDD) 40321-76-4 3 0.00015Footnote4 g/tonne
1,2,3,7,8-Pentachlorodibenzofuran (1,2,3,7,8-PeCDF) 57117-41-6 3 0.0001Footnote4 g/tonne
2,3,4,7,8-Pentachlorodibenzofuran (2,3,4,7,8-PeCDF) 57117-31-4 3 0.000175Footnote4 g/tonne
2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (2,3,7,8-TCDD) 1746-01-6 3 0.00015Footnote4 g/tonne
2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzofuran (2,3,7,8-TCDF) 51207-31-9 3 0.000125Footnote4 g/tonne
Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) 118-74-1 3 0.022Footnote4 g/tonne
Carbon Monoxide (CO) 630-08-0 4 0.03Footnote3 tonnes/tonnes
Total Particulate Matter (TPM) Footnote** 4 0.0188Footnote4 tonnes/tonnes
Particulate Matter less than or equal to 10 micrometers (µm) (PM10) Footnote** 4 0.0188Footnote4 tonnes/tonnes
Particulate Matter less than or equal to 2.5 µm (PM2.5) Footnote** 4 0.0174Footnote4 tonnes/tonnes
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Footnote** 4 0.01Footnote3 tonnes/tonnes
Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), expressed as nitrogen dioxide (NO2) 11104-93-1 4 0.0025Footnote3 tonnes/tonnes
Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) 7446-09-5 4 0.001Footnote3 tonnes/tonnes

Note on Emission Factors

The default emission factors are used in the table above, however if you have a site specific emission factor you would prefer to use you may enter it in the emission factor column. If you choose to insert your own emission factor ensure that the units have been converted accordingly. 

The emission factors used in this spreadsheet are based on uncontrolled emissions. If you are using an emission control device you will have to adjust the emissions calculated by this spreadsheet according to the following formula:

Controlled Emissions = Uncontrolled emission x ((100 - control efficiency)/100)

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