INCINERATORS


 
ZERO WASTE
is the recycling of all materials back into nature or the marketplace in a manner that protects human health and the environment.
 

 

   INCINERATORS make waste more toxic and ... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do not eliminate waste, but change the form of waste into hazardous air emissions and toxic ash.

Convert 30% of the waste burned into toxic ash, which EPA allows to be used as daily landfill cover.

Spread hazardous contamination worldwide; contaminating air, soil, and water.

Are a major source of 210 different dioxin compounds, plus mercury, cadmium, nitrous oxide, hydrogen chloride, sulfuric acid, fluorides, and particulate matter small enough to lodge permanently in the lungs.

 



RESEARCH INFORMATION:


Ask for an Incinerator - Get More Landfills and Waste Imports
Excerpts from a 1998 e-mail by Lynn Landes, ZWA:

>It is important to keep in mind that waste corporations are in the business
>of receiving as much waste as possible. If a waste facility is being proposed for
>your area, you can expect to receive waste imports from other states and foreign
>countries, as well.
>
>Bucks County, PA, generates about 2,000 tons of waste per day, but has been
>permitted to received 20,000 tons of waste. Much of that waste is incinerator ash
>from New Jersey and New York.
>
>In the 1980's, Waste Management Inc., (WMI, now WMX) bought up about
>6,000 acres in Falls Township and Tullytown, PA. Much of this property was
>in the floodplain.  An old landfill was already on the property. WMI received a permit from
>the PA Dept.of Environmental Protection (DEP) to build a new landfill over the old one.
>This is a typical strategy operators enlist in the hope of escaping liability for ground water
>contamination...by blaming it on the old landfill.
>
>Next, they asked to build a new separate landfill in Tullytown (part of the
>same land parcel). PA DEP permitted that, as well.
>
>Finally, WMI's subsidiary, Wheelabrator, asked for and received a permit to
>build an incinerator on the same land parcel as the landfills. They told the public
>that they needed the incinerator, so that they would not have to expand their 2 landfills.
>
>Wheelabrator promised to build a monofill for their incinerator ash. That never happened.
>Instead, they got permission from EPA to use incinerator ash as daily landfill cover,
>rather than clean soil, which is what they promised the public.
>
>Since then, Waste Management continued to ask for and receive landfill expansion
>permits. Although, I haven't kept track of all the latest developments, I
>estimate that the two landfills are permitted to cover about 500 acres, 240
>feet high.  They constitute a mountain range in what was once a floodplain.
>
>The local citizenry are extremely apathetic. Opposition to Waste Management
>came from a very few environmental activists, including myself, who lived in
>adjacent communities. Although we received good coverage by the local media,
>we were considered outsiders by local politicians and, therefore, largely dismissed.