ROBERT BROOK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ROBERT BROOK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Clinical waste incinerator. Smoke rising from the top of an incinerator chimney. This incinerator disposes of medical waste. An incinerator disposes of waste by burning it an extremely high temperatures to destroy harmful micro-organisms and toxic chemicals in the waste. The emission of smoke and combustion gases is tightly regulated. Equipment must be used to clean the smoke and gases before they are released into the atmosphere. Photographed in the West Midlands, England.
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