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.
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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.
The European Parliament is currently discussing its report on the Commission’s “Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe”. In Friends of the Earth’s and the EEB’s view, the Parliament needs to provide leadership on the following issues: Indicators: Europe must measure its consumption of key natural resources, using effective and workable indicators: land footprint, water footprint, carbon footprint and material use footprint.
La utilización de residuos como combustible en los países occidentales se remonta a los años 30. Por entonces, los residuos se promovían como combustible alternativo, aunque el mercado no los aceptó por completo a causa de la existencia de combustibles fósiles que eran más baratos.
A report for UKWIN in respect of an incinerator proposed for the Battlefield site at Shrewsbury in Shropshire. It considers the climate change impacts of landfilling or incinerating residual waste in the Shropshire region. Comparisons are made between 90,000 tonnes of waste sent to incinerator and landfill over a 20 year period. Since landfill emissions continue to occur for some time after this period, total impacts are also considered over a 150 year period.