This article by Rod Muir appeared in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Solid Waste & Recycling Magazine (Canada).

Excerpts:

“With the recent decision to cancel an incineration proposal in Peel Region, the Durham/York Region incinerator one year behind in beginning operations, Plasco Energy seeking creditor protection, and with the defeat of proposals in Brantford, Meaford and Port Hope, and finally Metro Vancouver discontinuing its energy proposal, perhaps its time to re-examine how much energy is really produced by burning municipal solid waste (MSW) and at what environmental and economic cost.”

“Incinerators demand a “Put or Pay” agreement that a guaranteed quantity of MSW be delivered or the facility is compensated. As a result, it seems highly unlikely that a municipality is going to strive to further reduce its waste by devoting additional money, time and ideas to increasing diversion.”

“Prove it to yourself. Go home tonight and build a small fire, then throw dinner on it and see how much (heat) energy you get. Take it from me, you’ll be both cold and hungry.”

 

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