1899 - 1800United States of America

Reilly of the U. S. Army built the first garbage incinerator in the United States on Governor’s Island, N. Y.

New York City’s first incinerator, the first in the nation, was erected on Governors Island in 1885, and over the next century, incinerators burned much of the city’s waste. By the 1960’s, the city was burning almost a third of its trash in its 22 municipal incinerators and 2,500 incinerators in apartment buildings. But a combination of environmental problems, particularly disposing of the ash, along with steep capital and operating costs, made incinerators less attractive by the mid-1980’s.



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