What are waste gasification, pyrolysis, and plasma treatment/disposal technologies? Releasing toxics, technical and financial problems, and California scheming etc.
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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.
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.
This report by GAIA and Essential Action details the problems of waste incineration: pollutant releases both to air and other media, economic costs and employment costs, energy loss, unsustainability, and incompatibility with other waste management systems, and the health and environmental effects of pollutants emitted by incinerators.
Very brief introduction of the cement kiln technology. Excerpt from an academic journal: Journal of Industrial Ecology (article title: "The Cement Industry as a Scavenger in Industrial Ecology and the Management of Hazardous Substances").
Introduction to health effects of incineration. Occupational health impacts. Health impacts on populations living near to incinerators. Environmental contamination. Incinerator releases. The solution: reduce, re-use and recycle and phase out incineration.
American taxpayers and ratepayers are subsidizing a form of “renewable” energy—biomass electricity- that causes short and long-term harm to the public health and the environment. There are 234 of these so-called “clean and green” biomass electricity projects proposed for the U.S. The scale of these plants ranges from 25 to more than 100 megawatts (MW), often dwarfing the 255 existing biomass power facilities, which generally range from 2 to 5 MW capacity.
Background: Waste treatment plants release toxic emissions into the environment which affect neighboring towns.
Objectives: To investigate whether there might be excess cancer mortality in towns situated in the vicinity of Spanish-based incinerators and installations for the recovery or disposal of hazardous waste, according to the different categories of industrial activity.
The first section explains the legal obligations for waste prevention and the opportunities for waste prevention. The second section talks about the methodology, the different levels of action, the instruments of waste prevention, monitoring of a waste prevention programme, prevention indicators, who and how to monitor the indicators, and example of actions by waste streams.