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Dirty truths: incineration and climate change

Waste policy has important climate change impacts, from, at one end, the emission savings by waste prevention or from recycling, to at the other end, the problem of methane emissions from landfill. Waste prevention is the most beneficial option from a climate point of view, followed by reuse and recycling; landfill and incineration are worse options. The UK Government is currently reviewing England’s waste policy, and is proposing to process 25% through energy from waste.

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2006

Twenty reasons why incineration is a losing financial proposition for host communities: especially in the global South

Extracts from “Resources up in Flames: The Economic Pitfalls of Incineration versus a Zero Waste Approach in the Global South” by Brenda A. Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
1. Incineration is the most costly solid waste management option
2. Incineration increases the indebtedness of host countries
3. Incineration is capital-intensive v. labor-intensive
4. Waste composition affects incinerator operation and finances

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Stop Trashing the Climate

1. A zero waste approach is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective strategies we can use to protect the climate and the environment. Significantly decreasing waste disposed in landfills and incinerators will reduce greenhouse gases the equivalent to closing one-fifth of U.S. coal-fired power plants. This is comparable to leading climate protection proposals such as improving vehicle fuel efficiency.

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2008

Stop Trashing theClimate: 12 Priority Policies Needed Now

1. Establish and implement national, statewide, and municipal zero waste targets and plans. 2. Retire existing incinerators and halt construction of new incinerators and landfills. 3. Levy a per-ton surcharge on landfilled and incinerated materials. 4. Stop organic materials from being sent to landfills and incinerators. 5. End state and federal “renewable energy” subsidies to landfills and incinerators. 6.

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2008

Incinerator Myths

Extracts from “Resources up in Flames: The Economic Pitfalls of Incineration versus a Zero Waste Approach in the Global South".
Incinerator proponents buy into a number of myths when trying to sell projects. Here are some common myths surrounding municipal solid waste incineration:
Myth: Incinerators provide a solution to the problem of rapidly increasing waste.
Myth: Incinerators maximize the use of scarce landfill space.

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Incinerators vs Zero Waste: Energy and the Climate

Incinerator and landfill industries are trying to shed their dirty reputations and profit from the climate crisis by “greenwashing” waste disposal as a source of clean and renewable energy around the globe. Using names like “waste to energy”, gasification, and plasma, waste companies have gained access to subsidies in some national and global renewable energy programs.

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