Burning organic waste materials. Incineration Burning organic waste materials. This disposal technique is used to destroy dangerous organic compounds with the reduction of the material to its mineral constituents. For example, chlorinated hydrocarbons are converted to carbon dioxide (CO2), water (H2O), and hydrochloric acid (HCl). In addition, with urban waste (household waste, yard trash and similar waste) it is used to reduce the volume of material requiring landfilling, by burning this material and landfilling only the ash that remains. Incineration is the second least desirable waste management option in the Ladder Principle. The acceptability increases when burning is accompanied by recovery of heat to generate electricity or to be used in some other way.