In view of the permanent increase of the municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) residues amount, the numerous attempts to find a way of their recovery have been undertaken. In this paper the idea of the recovery of the MSWI residues in Kłodawa salt mine is presented. The idea is to fill the waste in underground workings, close and/or backfill the underground excavations with self-solidifying mixture prepared on the basis of MSWI grained solid residues. Two techniques are proposed: 1) hydraulic backfill technique (HBT) where the mixture is prepared in the surface installation and pumped down into the underground workings through shaft and the pipelines and 2) dry waste technique (DWT), where dry grained waste is dropped into the mine by pneumatic pipeline transport, then supplied to the underground mixture-preparing- installation and pumped as a thin liquid or paste into the selected workings. The description of the technology is preceded by general characteristic of the hardening backfill in underground mines and by characteristic of MSWI residues, drafted on the basis of the literature review.
Based on laboratory tests of selected properties of secondary waste (ashes and dusts) from municipal waste incineration plants, the possibility of recovering some properties of waste in the process of filling the post-mining voids in the salt mine was assessed. The furnace bottom ash and the waste from the flue gas treatment from one of the national incineration plants were examined. The grain curves of dry waste and the density of the prepared mixtures were characterized. Twelve variants of the compositions of ash-based mixtures with varying proportions of the individual components were considered, taking into account both fresh water and brine. For each variant of the composition, the amount of redundant liquid appeared as well as the time of solidifying of the mixture to a certain strength and the compressibility values obtained. Considering the possibility of transporting mixtures in mines by means of pipelines at relatively long distances, and allowing the filling of large salt chambers to be filled and evenly filled, flow parameters were determined. In addition, the permeability of solidified waste samples was investigated, showing the potential for reducing the strength of the waste mass due to the action of water or brine. The technical feasibility of eliminating redundant liquid in the binding process has been confirmed, which is particularly important in salt mines. Preliminary values for the amount of binder (5%÷10%) to be added to the mixtures to obtain the specified strength properties of the artificially formed mass at Rc = 0.5 MPa. Attention was paid to the important practical aspect resulting from the rapid increase of this type of waste in the comming years in Poland and at the same time vast potential for their use in salt mining, where we have a huge capacity of salt chambers available.