As part of a series of projects planned to support and elevate grassgroots efforts against trash incinerators in the U.S., GAIA released a factsheet on failing incinerators, featuring five key locations.

  • Commerce Refuse-to-Waste Facility (CREF) in Commerce, California
  • Hennepin Energy Resource Center (HERC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Wheelabrator Baltimore (BRESCO) in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Southeast Resource Recovery in Long Beach, California
  • Detroit Renewable Power in Detroit, Michigan

The factsheet highlights failures that aging incinerators have been facing in recent years and how communities have raised their voices against these facilities through strong organizing, with a focus on environmental justice aspects. Although the case studies are only a fraction of 77 incinerators operating throughout the country, each facility’s extreme air emission records, accidents, other health- and safety- related concerns and financial issues clearly showcase how trash incinerators are causing harm to the communities and the environment. Pointing out the need to phase out incineration, the factsheet also presents zero waste alternatives with strategies and policy tools along with existing toolkits and case studies.

We thank our local partners who have provided great insight and information from the beginning. We hope that this resource will help cities move forward to a just, safe, toxic-free circular economy by phasing out trash incineration and adopting a zero waste philosophy!

News and Current Campaigns

YPBB: Indonesia’s Pioneer in Zero Waste YPBB: Indonesia’s Pioneer in Zero Waste When you talk of Zero Waste communities in Indonesia, three cities come to mind: Bandung, Cimahi, and ...
Innovate, don’t Incinerate! Environmental Justice...   Bali, Indonesia, 12 Oct 2018 — Today, over 400 organizations and individuals in more than 50 countries called on international financial ins...
GAIA Response to World Bank Report, “What a ... For Immediate Release              October 2, 2018 Contact: Claire Arkin, Campaign and Communications Associate, GAIA, claire@no-burn.org, 510-88...
Open Letter to Erik Solheim: UNEP Should Not Suppo... Monday, September 17, 2018 Mr. Erik Solheim United Nations Avenue, Gigiri PO Box 30552, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya cc: United Nations Environment Program D...