Wednesday, 17 August 2011

GAIA: "Incinerators: Myths vs. Facts"

Link to GAIA factsheet (PDF file)

"Incineration is a waste treatment technology that involves burning commercial, residential and hazardous waste. Incineration converts discarded materials, including paper, plastics, metals and food scraps into bottom ash, fly ash, combustion gases, air pollutants, wastewater, wastewater treatment sludge and heat. 

"There are 100 waste incinerators in the U.S. and most of these are used to generate electricity. No new incinerators have been built in the U.S. after 1997, due to public opposition, identified health risks, high costs and the uptake of waste reduction practices such as recycling and composting. 

"In recent years, the incinerator industry has tried to expand their sector by marketing their facilities as “Waste to Energy” (WTE), using misleading claims of “reducing climate pollution” and being a 'clean energy source'."

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