The national Sierra Club, state chapters and local groups support Zero Waste and oppose the burning of garbage, construction and demolition waste, sewer sludge and other toxic materials.
Sierra Club Zero Waste Policy
Sierra Club Conservation Policies on Biomass
Sierra Club Policy on Energy Resources
Sierra Club Position on Biomass – Mass
Sierra Club Policy on Sewer Sludge
Sierra Club Chapter and Group Positions on Incinerators
1. TRASH IS BIG CLIMATE PROBLEM, NEW REPORT FINDS. A zero waste approach revealed as a top climate protection strategy
Carl Pope, Executive Director of the national Sierra Club says, “Incinerators and landfills are relics of an unsustainable past that have no place in our green economy.”
2. Zero Waste
Don’t Burn or Bury Garbage
3. TLH Waste-to-Energy: Big Bend Group of Sierra Club Article
4. Zero Waste – No Incinerator!
The Catoctin Sierra Club is launching a door to door campaign to stop the Frederick Incinerator and we need your help!
5. Choose 75% Recycling or Watch 100% go up in Smoke
6. Larry Winslett of the Georgia Sierra Club believes “incineration is an outdated and completely discredited industry” that effectively concentrates metals and other toxics in ash. Even operating within legal limits, “there is no such thing as an incinerator that doesn’t pollute,” he says.
7. The Sierra Club’s Massachusetts chapter has rallied against the effort, writing in an action alert to members: “Despite efforts to make incineration safer, it remains a 19th Century technology that is increasingly problematic given our dense population, dwindling material and energy resources, and the threat of climate change.
8. “Burning waste to make energy is a bad deal for Rhode Island and the nation,” said Chris Wilhite, Program Manager for Sierra Club Rhode Island Chapter. “By producing less disposable packaging and goods in the first place, we will create much less trash to burden our landfill and at the same time our country will save enough energy to displace any need for new power plants. The solution is to reduce, reuse and recycle.”
9. AB 222 (Adams) was amended on July 15th to no longer give diversion and RPS credit to waste-to-energy technologies. Sierra Club California
10.Sierra Club Takes U.S. EPA to Court on Its Revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste
11. “It’s sort of like Ben & Jerry’s playing a role in dieting,” said Jeff Tittel, a lobbyist for the Sierra Club of New Jersey, referring to the energy-from-waste facilities run by Covanta. “They’re trying to change the name, but in the end it’s still incineration.”
12. Patrick-Murray Administration Maintains Incinerator Moratorium, Expands Recycling Efforts
13. The Sierra Club’s Bob Guild and Ann Timberlake, who heads the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, remain unconvinced that a waste-to-energy plant is needed in South Carolina.
14. In a rebuff to powerful waste industry efforts, state officials in Massachusetts have decided to uphold a 15-year moratorium on the development of new Waste-to-Energy facilities. The proposal to lift the incinerator ban was strongly opposed by Clean Water Action and Massachusetts Sierra Club.
15. So, in a wood-paneled meeting hall at the Bar Association’s headquarters in Midtown, the “incineration wars” begin anew. The Sierra Club’s Suzanne Mattei. MATTEI: What burns best should be also recycled. Paper, plastics, organics. When you do maximize recycling what’s left is stuff you don’t wanna burn. (NY)
16. More groups join call for veto of waste-to-energy bill. Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter (WI)
17. Sierra Club Works To Stop Tire Burning In Nebraska. Toxic Emissions Pose Significant Health Risks. Missouri Valley Group.
18. Since 2001, Brad van Guilder has been working with Anna Holden and Ed McArdle of the Sierra Club to monitor the incinerator. Implementing waste reduction through reuse and recycling, they say, will reduce pollution and global warming, create jobs and save money.
19. Mecklenburg County cranks up heat on waste incinerator. Also in the fray: the North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club.
20. LIST OF MALFUNCTIONS KNOWN IN MUNICIPAL WASTE INCINERATORS. By Neil J. Carman, Ph.D., Clean Air Program Director. Lone Star Chapter of Sierra Club http://www.texas.sierraclub.org
21. Marti Sinclair, Chair of Sierra Club’s Clean Air Team commented, “In Florida, we have seen how strong toxic air regulations work in the real world. Rule changes forced reductions in mercury emissions from South Florida’s medical waste incinerators. Today, mercury levels in the Everglades’ birds and fish have plummeted by 75 percent. The jury is in: Reducing toxic air pollution protects both people and wildlife.”
22. CIDA AND SIERRA CLUB DECLARE COMMUNITY UNDER SEIGE: REQUEST US EPA TO HOLD HEARING IN PORT ARTHUR, TEXAS ON IMPORT OF DEADLY CHEMICAL FOR INCINERATION.
23. THE NEW ALCHEMY OF GARBAGE. By Bill Magavern, Senior Representative, Sierra Club California
24. Zero Waste: Fueling the Economy, Not the Incinerators. Mass Sierra Club.
25. Newark residents say garbage incinerator poses health risks. But environmental groups such as the Sierra Club, which opposed the permit renewal at the Nov. 12 meeting, call it a “beast” that needs more and more garbage to insure payment on the tax-exempt public bonds that were used to financial its construction in 1990.
26. Join the People of Detroit on Saturday, June 26 for a Rally, March & Mass Demonstration to End the World’s Biggest Waste Incinerator. Sierra Club Environmental Justice & Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.
27. The Sierra Club – Catoctin Group offer the following comments: 1. Mass-burn incinerators send the wrong message to Maryland students. 2. Mass-burn incinerators have negative health impacts… Dan Andrews, Chair of the Catoctin Group, Sierra Club Maryland Chapter
28. “We think it’s a big green scam,” said Mark Woodall, chair of the Georgia chapter of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club wants organic material to be separated out of landfills to avoid methane production in the first place. Where landfill gas is already being produced, it should be collected and treated to minimize global-warming impacts, according to a Sierra Club task force on the matter.
29. Incineration of Municipal Solid Waste
The Sierra Club strongly opposes combustion of municipal solid waste. It has proven impossible for industry to develop a combustion process, even with a large biomass proportion, that does not produce unacceptable toxic and hazardous air emissions. Combustion of biomass or wood waste even with a dedicated acceptable fuel supply is problematic because economic pressures on plant operators may cause them to accept solid waste when the intended fuel is in short supply.
30. New Yorkers for Zero Waste Platform 2010. Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter