[act-ma] Wed. 9/17, 6:30pm: Climate Change: Incineration or Zero Waste? - at MIT

Phillip Sego, Mass Sierra Club phil at sierraclubmass.org
Fri Sep 12 10:11:53 PDT 2008


Climate Change: Incineration or Zero Waste?
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30pm 
MIT, Bldg 56 (Whitaker) Rm. 154; by car or by MBTA (Kendall Square Station) 

Free, refreshments served.

This will be a slide presentation by authors of the Stop Trashing the Climate report, Dave Ciplet from Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives, and Brenda Platt, from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Right now the DEP is drafting a new Solid Waste Master Plan and is weighing waste-to-energy v. waste reduction. For more information, contact Lynne.Pledger at sierraclub.org. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Sierra Club and MIT Recycling. 

Additional information:
The Mass Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is considering lifting the state moratorium on more incinerator capacity, which would open the door for harmful second-generation incineration technologies promoted now in Massachusetts: gasification, pyrolysis, and plasma. Contrary to waste industry greenwashing, these facts are supported by studies: (1). Recycling recovers far more energy than waste-to-energy technology, and saves material resources as well. (2) Incinerators release dioxins and furans - among the most dangerous compounds for human health. (3) Incinerators emit more climate-changing CO2 per megawatt hour than coal-fired, natural-gas- fired, or oil-fired power plants. (4) Waste reduction creates many more jobs than waste-to-energy.  DEP is also considering Zero Waste strategies: waste reduction, reuse, full recycling, composting, and producer responsibility. Please let officials know you want to retain the incineration moratorium and support a strong waste reduction target and plan, funded in part by disposal surcharges. 

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