* Review of Gasification, Pyrolysis & Plasma Incinerators

Despite Green Claims, Incinerator Industry Just Blowing Smoke

An Industry Blowing Smoke: 10 Reasons Why Gasification, Pyrolysis & Plasma Incineration are Not “Green Solutions”

In June of 2009 seven organizations released a 40-page report with 216 citations and references illustrating the negative impacts of new waste incineration technologies. “An Industry Blowing Smoke” concludes that new incineration technologies, like older-style burners, are expensive, inefficient and contribute to both climate change and serious public health impacts.

Trash incineration is more carbon-intensive than coal power and a leading source of dioxins in the United States,” stated Sylvia Broude Lead Organizer for the Toxics Action Center in Boston, an environmental and public health non-profit. “Coming up with new ways to burn garbage is just another assault on public health and the climate.”

The waste industry, which relies heavily on government subsidies and tax credits, is misleadingly marketing a new generation of incinerator technologies as green technologies. The new report debunks industry efforts to greenwash gasification, pyrolysis and plasma incineration, pointing to more sensible directions that should be considered by decision makers.

Our communities need comprehensive zero waste plans that would help stabilize the climate, reduce toxic pollution and create jobs, not more incinerators in disguise,” said Bradley Angel, Executive Director of Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice. Based in San Francisco, Greenaction has helped dozens of communities across the country stop new incinerators and landfills and promote safer, more economical options of recycling and composting. Recently, San Jose, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz County and Sacramento turned down gasification and plasma arc incinerator proposals in favor of such strategies.”

According to An Industry Blowing Smoke, waste incineration competes with, and undermines the huge potential of green-collar job creation through recycling programs. According to Dave Ciplet — author of the report — recycling, re-use and composting create six to ten times the number of jobs than both waste incineration and landfills. “These new, expensive incinerators would only serve to pollute and keep much-needed funding and resources from being invested in real solutions,” said Mr. Ciplet. “We could be creating millions of jobs nationwide by turning waste into work!”

“We can take immediate action on both the climate and economic crisis by rapidly moving towards a materials and energy efficient economy that does not involve burning or burying garbage,” said Monica Wilson, International Co-Coordinator for the Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance, “Recycling literally works.”

Contributors

Monica Wilson, Neil Tangri, Kelly Heekin, Ananda Lee Tan, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives   www.no-burn.org

Sylvia Broude, Toxics Action Center   www.toxicsaction.org

Bradley Angel, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice   www.greenaction.org

David Mickey, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League   www.bredl.org

Neil Seldman, Institute for Local Self Reliance   www.ilsr.org

Mike Ewall, Energy Justice Network   www.energyjustice.net

Jane Williams, California Communities Against Toxics   www.stoptoxics.org

Dr. Mark Mitchell, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice   www.environmental-justice.org

Andrew Hopper, Hoosiers for a Safe Environment

Susie Caplowe, Joy Ezell, Dr. Ronald Saff, Floridians Against Incinerators in Disguise   www.facebook.com/pages/Floridians-Against-Incinerators-In-Disguise/114617548010

Sheila Dormody, Clean Water Action   www.cleanwateraction.org

Lynne Pledger, The Sierra Club Zero Waste Committee   www.sierraclub.org/committees/zerowaste

Download the Introduction and Executive Summary

Blowing Smoke Report – Intro and Exec Summary Only

Download the Full Report with References

An Industry Blowing Smoke Full Report

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