If I have an old, battered translation of the Qur'an is there a respectful way to dispose of it? I have read that one could burn it, however, I'm not sure if this is really true.
You could clean it by a clean cloth. If you want to remove the dust ...
Of course as far as I know, the best way to wipe out the papers which consist of Allah name, is putting the papers on the water. (River or ...)
but burning them would be a Haram act (definitely). Because using from fire for ...? Oh, Astaqferullah, recently I have heard that some people mention firing holy names or Quran..., Oh, to be honest I dont know what their intention is, but rationally and also in accordance to all Shia scholars it is counted as a Haram act. since this is quite an insulting act.