TO:
Mr. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank
Mr. Takehiko Nakao, President, Asian Development Bank
Mr. Liqun Jin, President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Mr. Werner Hoyer, President, European Investment Bank
Mr. Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
Mr. James P. Scriven, Chief Executive Officer, Inter-American Investment Corporation
Dr. Bandar M. H. Hajjar, President, Islamic Development Bank
Mr. K. V. Kamath, President, New Development Bank
Mr. Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank

We, the undersigned organizations from national, regional and international NGOs, grassroots and community groups, and individuals from 54 countries, are alarmed by the support of multilateral development banks (MDBs), for waste incinerators, including so-called “waste-to-energy” (WTE) incinerators.

We maintain that waste incinerators, in any form, are part of a failed system that is putting the planet and societies in the wrong path. These facilities:

Threaten people and the environment
Incineration endangers people’s health and well-being, destroys livelihoods and harms the environment. Incinerators generate toxic ash and sludge and emit toxic chemicals such as dioxins, furans and mercury.
Contribute to climate change
Incinerators emit significant quantities of greenhouse gases. Burning waste is not renewable energy and takes investments away from renewable energy solutions; waste is from non-renewable resources, and plastics are from fossil fuels.
Damage local and national economies
Incineration is the most expensive way to manage waste and produce electricity, and it prevents the implementation of Zero Waste solutions that create jobs and invigorate local economies.
Obstruct resource sustainability
Incineration perpetuates the unsustainable “take, make, waste” linear economic model that abets wasting and the continuous extraction of natural resources.

We believe that:
– support of waste incinerators runs counter to the stated mission of development banks,
– waste incinerators are not “sustainable, accessible, resilient”, nor “quality infrastructure” that should be considered for developing countries, and
– waste burning detracts from the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris climate goals.

We further assert that public money should not be used to fund nor promote these facilities in the Global South.

Communities and local governments in the Global South are struggling to improve the management of their natural resources, address growing pollution and waste in cities, and cope with climate change impacts.

Many cities and communities have proven that a transition into Zero Waste systems is a viable solution, providing a key opportunity for them to decouple economic growth from excessive resource extraction, consumption and wastage. Their efforts, however, are under threat from lack of financing and investments wasted on building and maintaining destructive infrastructure, such as trash incinerators.

We strongly believe that Zero Waste is the direction that MDBs should be advancing in order to protect the environment and public health, help communities and cities build robust local economies, generate productive jobs and livelihoods, and help mitigate climate change.

We call on the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Inter-American Investment Corporation, Islamic Development Bank, New Development Bank and World Bank, together with the UN and governments of wealthy countries, to:

Halt the aggressive promotion of, and phase out all financing for waste incineration, including so-called “waste-to-energy” incineration in borrowing countries; and stop promoting waste incineration as “renewable energy.”

Prioritize waste and resource management approaches at the top of the waste hierarchy, which address the waste problem at root—primarily through reduction, reuse and redesign; refrain from endorsing waste incineration projects; and stop advocating waste incineration in all publications and statements.

Support borrowing countries in pursuing and funding sustainable, just and equitable Zero Waste solutions that effectively addresses their unique contexts and needs, supports local economies and livelihoods, and respects and integrates the informal waste sector.

Signed,

Countries

Albania France Nepal Slovenia
Argentina Germany Netherlands South Africa
Australia Ghana Nigeria Spain
Bangladesh Guatemala Panamá Sweden
Belgium Hungary Philippines Tanzania
Brazil India Poland Tunisia
Bolivia Indonesia Portugal United Kingdom
Bulgaria Italy Puerto Rico United States
Canada Kenya South Korea Uruguay
Chile Lithuania Romania Venezuela
Colombia Malaysia Russian Federation Vietnam
Costa Rica Mauritius Rwanda Zambia
Croatia Mexico Serbia
Czech Republic Morocco Slovakia

 

Organizations and Networks

5RZeroSprechi Hogar
A cambio de nada (Asociación medioambiental para el desarrollo humano) Humusz Szövetség
AgroNativo IIT Madras
Ahora Arganda INECC
Aldamar Ediciones Institute for Circular Economy
All India Kabadi Mazdoor Mahasangh (AIKMM) Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Alliance for Zero Waste Indonesia (AZWI) Institute for Policy Studies Climate Justice Program
American Environmental Health Studies Project, Inc (AEHSP) IRTECO
Amigos de la Tierra Isde italia
Amigos en acción Hmo Jal Biradari
Asilia Convivium Jivit Mati Kisan Samiti
Asociación Cultural de Intercambios Kentucky Environmental Foundation
Asociacion Nacional de Recicladores de Colombia Kickapoo Peace Circle
Asociación para la Promoción y el Desarrollo de la Comunidad “CEIBA” Korea Zero Waste Movement Network
Associação de Combate aos Poluentes (ACPO) La Maison de la Zéro Déchet
Association de l’Education Environnementale pour les Futures Générations La Mía
Atotonilli y Asesores Ecologistas SLP Lernu circo social
BaliFokus/Nexus3 Foundation Libera Radio
Bandera azul ecológica comunitaria Libertas, AC
Bierzo Airelimpio LIDECS
Biofuelwatch Live Debris
BIOS Argentina Local Futures
Bond Beter Leefmilieu Mexicali Resiste
Both ENDS Miami Worker’s Center
Break Free From Plastic Mother Earth Foundation
Cambiemos Parla Moviment Contra la Incineració a Uniland
CEDD – Centrul de Excelenta pentru Dezvoltare Durabila Movimento 5 Stelle
Center for Consultancy on Sustainable Development (Da Nang) Municipality of Tirana
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) Nagrik Chetna Manch
Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST) National Toxics Network Australia
Centre For Earth Works (CFEW) Naturskyddsföreningen
Centre for Environment Justice and Development Nipe Fagio
Centre for Zero Waste & Development NO CARBONNEXT
Centro de Análisis y Defensa de Derechos Objectif Zéro Déchet
CEPTA ODESC- Organização de Desenvolvimento Sustentável e Comunitário
Circular Economy Institute ONG no Alineadas del Estado de Sonora
Circular Economy Wales CIC ONG Susténtate
Citizen consumer and civic Action Group Pacific Environment
Citizens Against Pollution Partido EQUO
Ciudadanos por el cambio democrático Partnership for Policy Integrity
Cnte sonora Philippine Women’s University Environmental Science Program
Colectivo Viento Sur Piacenza per Aria
Colectivo Voces Ecológicas COVEC PLAN: The Post-Landfill Action Network
Collettivo Exit Plataforma Aire Limpio Residuo Cero Madrid
Color tierra Plataforma antiincineracion
Comitato Basta Nocivita’ in Val D’Arda,  Lugagnano Val d’Arda (PC) Plataforma Córdoba Aire Limpio
Comitato cittadino Basta nocività in Val d’Arda Plataforma en contra ka incineracion de residuos es los alcores
Comitato no inceneritore Matera Polish Zero Waste Accodiation
Comitato popolare “lasciateci respirare” Política y Rock & Roll Radio
Comite de Solidaridad Internacionalista Zaragoza Por un pais limpio
Consumers’ Association of Penang PPLH Bali
Coordinadora Andaluza de Plataformas y grupos contra la incineración de residuos y por un aire limpio Pragya Seeds Nepal
Coordinadora de Pueblos y Organizaciones del Oriente del Estado de México en Defensa de la Tierra, el Agua y su Cultura Reciclador de Base.
Coordinadora Ecoloxista d’Asturies Red de Acción por los Derechos Ambientales
Darbar Sahitya Sansad Red de Accion por los Derechos Ambientales RADA
Development Indian Ocean Network (DION) Red Societal Agencia de conocimiento
DLR Prerna Redbiolac
Don’t Waste Arizona REMPA
Eco Sitio Returning Organics To Soil
Ecobali Sahabat Alam (Friends’ of the Earth) Malaysia
Eco-Cycle International Salam institute
Ecologistas En Acción – Lora Del Rio Salute e Ambiente – Comitato No Inceneritore a Matera NIM
Ecologistas en Acción Córdoba SGAB CONSEIL
Ecology Center Sierra Club
Ecos de la sociedad Socialist Party(India)-Telangana
Ecoteca NGO Sociedad Ecologista Alwadi-ira / Ecologistas en Acción
ECOTON societa’ civile
Ecowaste Coalition of the Philippines Society for Earth
Ekologi brez meja South Durban Community Environmental Alliance
Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) Sredina-Association of Citizens
Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria Stree mukti Sanghatana
Equo STRM
EQUO Cantabria Surabaya zero waste community
Europe and We Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth
European Environmental Bureau Taller de Comunicación Ambiental (Rosario)
Familiamigos union de cooperativas Taller Ecologista
Fluoride Action Network Tax Justice Network Africa
FMVz Terra Advocati
FOF Texas Campaign for the Environment
Forum Peduli Laut Thanal
France Nature Environnement The 5 Gyres Institute
Frente Auténtico del Trabajo The Doubting Thomases
Frente de Comunidades en Contra de la Incineracion This Is Rubbish
Fronteras Comunes Toledo Aire Limpio
FUNAM, Environment Defense Foundation ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA)/Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI)
Fundació ENT UCR
Fundacion Aguaclara UNAM
Fundación Ambiental Bios Colombia Unison
Fundación Basura United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN)
Fundación el Árbol United Workers
GAIA Africa Universidad de Costa Rica
GAIA Asia Pacific Universidad de Sonora
GAIA US Volgograd-Ecopress Information Center
Gerakan Indonesia Diet Kantong Plastik WALHI Jawa Barat
GGJ WALHI/FoE Indonesia
Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition Wellington Association Against the Incinerator (WAAI)
Green Africa Youth Organization West Valley Neighborhoods Coalition
Green Indonesia Foundation YPBB Bandung
Green Knowledge Foundation Zero Plastic Lembongan
Greeners Action Zero Waste BC
Greenpeace Argentina Zero Waste Europe
groundWork Zero Waste France
Grupo Ecológico de Occidente Zero Waste Himalaya
Grupo ecologista Alwadi-ira Zero Waste International Trust
Hacia basura cero Zero Waste Italy
Hazards Centre Zero Zbel
Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health ZeroWaste4ZeroBurning.ca
Health and Environment Justice Support International Žiedinė ekonomika
Health Care Without Harm Asia
HermosiArte
Hnutí DUHA – Friends of the Earth Czech Republic

 

Individual signers (including Zero Waste and anti-incineration experts, grassroots and community leaders, organizers, advocates and campaigners)

Alan Podber Gabriela Molina Martín Amaro
Alejandro Contreras Gerardo Valenzuela Martin Alejandro Leon Quintana
Aleksandra Martinovic Glen Williams Mauro Fernandez
Alessandro Zagaria Gloria Stephanie Martínez Dueñas Melissa Navarro Espinoza
Alicia Zárate Grecia Hernandez Mercedes Aragon Garcia
Alicia De Blas García Guillermo Marcos Rivero Merlin Hay
Alma Vasquez Hannah Pepper-Cunningham Miguel Gonzalez
Alma Vargas Hanz Hurton Miguel Alberto Martínez Escalante
Almitra Patel Héctor Pėrez Garcìa Miguel Angel Medina Placencia
Amado Colado Hector Roman Mireya Scarone
Amado Alberto Rubio Uriarte Hermes Iván Díaz Ceniceros Monica Chan
America  Montoya Hugo Ramírez Mukundwa Ntakiruta Denis
Ana Freire Humberto Angel Nadine K
Ana Rosa Cabrera Villalobos Huub Scheele Natalia Serna-Geitz
Angela Daniela Rodriguez vargas Ian Baird Neil Seldman
Antonia Bruno Ian Armstrong Noelia Sarabia
Antonio  País Rodríguez Irazema Gil Garcia Nora Villavicencio Reséndiz
Ari Lo Irlanda Medina Nora Tudela Amat
Aticus Méndez Díaz Israel Martinez Nubia Matrecitos
Avelino Piña Moreno Iván García Nydia guillermina Monte vega
Belén Ovalle James Tyree II Octaevius Altair
Berenice J. Jane Owens Oscar Galindo Dórame
Betsy Margot Ojeda Fuentes Jeffrey Hurwitz Pablo Angel Lugo Colin
Blanca Méndez Jeniffer Yañez Rodríguez Pablo Federico Arévalo Salcedo
C Day Joaquin Zanón Moliner Patricia López
Carlos Alejandro Fuentes coss Jorge Arzave Paul Palla
Carlos Ricardo Zuñiga Jorge Zambrano González Paul Moss
Carola Brambilla Jose Marquez Pauline Debrabandere
Catia Pratesi José Antonio Villalpando Gutiérrez Pay Vidal Vargas Juvera
Celia Alldridge José Luis Fernández Solís Pedro Pablo De leon Torres
César Yáñez Jose Manuel Santiago Pery Seco Peddro
Christopher Lish Juan Boizon Peter Curia
Clare Hoesl Juan Carlos De la Cruz del Valle Peter Gilmore
Clemente Mediano Sánchez Judith Detert-Moriarty Rebeca pech Alonso
Concepción Hernández Sánchez Julie Sauvêtre Refugio Velázquez Gomez
Connan Anne Keith Roman Remigia Garcia
Cristina Farnesi Kenneth Ruby René Villa Fajardo
Cruz Manuel Romo Noriega Lean Deleon Ricardo Arcones
Daniel Enrique Maldonado Sánchez Lidia Caballero Ricardo Carrera Aragon
David Sánchez Liliana Orozco Camacho Ricardo Carrera Ramos
David Salas Liliana Doaamantes Monteverde Roberto Ibarra
David Kreindler Lizbeth Velazquez Rossano Ercolini
David Ernesto Barajas Mariscal Lola Aquino Trigo Ruth Ramos Rios
Dawn Albanese Lucas Reibak S. Alvarado
Deanne Liu Luis Montes de Oca Sandra Noble
Diaba Carolina Mendívil Gutiérrez Luis Maximiliano Carrasco Sara Goldberg
Dianna McGhee Mal Williams Sara Carmen Gaspar
Don Menowe Manuel Rojo Silvia Rodriguez-Cervantes
Edgar Miranda Manuel Sánchez Socorro García
Edgar Gil Garza Marco Dadà Sonia Ruiz
Ellen Barfield Marco Vinicio Burgoin Martínez Stephanie Miklavcic
eneko aierbe María Guadalupe Cabrera Castro Stuart Williams
Enrique Pizarro Maria Hontanares Arranz Peña Teresa Jaeger
Enver Domingo Maria Luisa Olivera Thibault Turchet
Enzo Favoino Maria rosario Sanz martin Uma K
Ernesto Valenzuela Mariam Coronado Usual perez Garcia
Evangeline Palacio Marie Askins Valentin Carrera
Evelin Velazquez Mariló Tudela Valentín Villarroel Ortega
Expedito Filho Marina Carrera Aragon Verónica Espinoza
Fabrizio Gloria Marine Foulon Victor Emmanuel Navarro Sanchez
Flora Esthela Gallegos Robles Marta Odriozola Vivek Koshy
Francesco Caputo Marta Terán García Vladimir Iván Moskat
Francisca Jashimoto Martin Gamez Yobel Novian Putra
Francisco Rafael Trujano Fermoso