[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.
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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