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Just listening to ABC Radio, a discussion is about the huge mountains of medical waste in Indonesia.
I have before said why not dump such waste into live volcanoes of which Indonesia has quite a few. A member of the Australian Atomic commission replied to my suggestion about doing that with atomic waste that this would make the lava radioactive. Would there be a similar problem with medical waste ? Lava is anywhere between 700 C -1200 C. Would that not be sufficient to destroy medical waste over a short period ? The 1600 C recommended for medical waste would probably be to destroy the waste in as short as possible a time due to enormous energy requirement but in a live lava pit time would not be of any consequence.
If this could work wouldn't that solve many problems from environmental to economic.
Sacrificial drones could be deployed. What do the more enlightened among OLO think ?
Posted by individual, Saturday, 9 October 2021 8:00:04 AM
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individual,
I think that its a great idea and need not be confined to medical waste; no need to waste drones, they could be configured as bombers (already available) and have a long economic life.
Posted by Is Mise, Saturday, 9 October 2021 10:35:43 AM
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individual,

Would you really approach the vent of an active volcano?

I wouldn't. Safety first.

And -

How the heck would you transport the garbage up there?
It would cost time, money, fuel. But that's the least
of your worries. Do we know if volcanoes are hot enough
to melt or sterilize medical waste or nuclear waste, or
any kind of garbage? How hot are the temperatures of
lava? They may be hot, but are they hot enough?

I don't think it's as simple as all that.

There's more at:

http://abc.net.auscience/articles/2008/06/26/2286487.htm

And -

http://popsci.com/why-dont-we-just-throw-all-our-garbage-into-volcanos/
Posted by Foxy, Saturday, 9 October 2021 11:49:32 AM
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Here's the first link again:

http://abc.net.au/science/articles/2008/06/26/2286487.htm
Posted by Foxy, Saturday, 9 October 2021 11:55:37 AM
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Leave it to the Indonesians.
Posted by ttbn, Saturday, 9 October 2021 12:57:46 PM
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ttbn,
Australia has that problem too & no volcanoes !
Severely biologically contaminated waste would become nothing in a few moments after being consumed by the molten rock. Technically it's not even worth thinking of it as a problem & economically it should be thought of as a windfall.
Packages could be either dropped from drones or catapulted depending on the accessibility to these natural incinerators provided free of charge.
Just think of the reduction in energy requirements & emission. Also, Indonesia & perhaps PNG could do with a non-polluting extra industry.
Posted by individual, Saturday, 9 October 2021 6:51:29 PM
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