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News Articles
by Ellis Burrussenvision Frederick County
September 19th, 2013
The proposed and approved regional incinerator planned for Frederick County is also referred to as a “Waste to Energy” facility. But the evidence reveals that, rather than producing what might be considered bonus energy, converting the typical municipal waste stream to ash and energy is actually a waste OF energy.
Recycling Food Scraps Could Transform How NYC Deals With Its Trash
by Sarah CreanGotham Gazettee
September 15th, 2013
In the eleventh hour of his administration, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving a transformative mark on a part of city life that is often overlooked — the waste we produce every day.
Markham Ontario shines as a model city for waste diversion
by Royson Jamesthestar.com
Markham residents are diverting 81 per cent of their waste from the landfill — an astonishing achievement and a symbol of what can be accomplished with inspired leadership.

Press Releases
PRESS RELEASE: Industry Front Group Promotes Practices that Bankrupt American Cities
The Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University, an industry-sponsored think tank,1 released a report yesterday claiming that burning municipal waste and plastics would be beneficial for the U.S.2 However the report’s conclusions fail to address the serious environmental and economic impacts of incineration, and the real threats that trash incinerators pose for cities across America.
Obama Administration Advances Efforts to Protect Health of U.S. Communities Overburdened by Pollution
US Department of the Interior
August 4th, 2011
Building on its commitment to ensuring strong protection from environmental and health hazards for all Americans, the Obama Administration today announced Federal agencies have agreed to develop environmental justice strategies to protect the health of people living in communities overburdened by pollution and provide the public with annual progress reports on their efforts.

Nature is a Model for Waste Management
In this interview by Deer Park Institute, Ravi Gulati of New Delhi, India, talks about the importance of viewing waste in the spirit of nature, where there is no waste and where all discards are used rather than hidden from view.
Wilderness Committee Releases Anti-Incineration Video
June 22nd, 2010
The Wilderness Committee has launched a viral video decrying Metro Vancouver's proposal to build a new garbage incinerator as part of the proposed regional waste management plan.
Energy from Waste: Part 1 -The Myths Debunked
Dr. Paul Connett and others oppose the government of Ontario's plan to burn waste for energy supply. Part 1 of a series from the press conference of March 29, 2007.

Stop Trashing the Climate Report Released
Provides compelling evidence that aiming for zero waste is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective ways to combat climate change.
Stop Trashing the Climate Report Connects Waste and Global Warming
In June activists in countries such as the Philippines, Canada and the United States took action to call attention to the findings of a groundbreaking new report. The Stop Trashing the Climate report, written by GAIA, the Institute for Local Self Reliance and Eco-Cycle, provides compelling evidence that preventing waste and expanding reuse, recycling, and composting programs — that is, aiming for zero waste — is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective strategies available for combating climate change.

GAIA and Allies in the News
Cool Plasma Gasification Claims Just “Blowing Smoke”
by Monica WilsonThe Global Herald
July 22nd, 2011
Our own Monica Wilson refutes the claims of Kris Skrinak, CEO of a gasification company which creates syngas from waste.
Environmentalists decry waste incineration
by Peter B. LordThe Providence Journal
June 18th, 2009
Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts joined leaders of several environmental groups in speaking out Thursday afternoon against legislation that would lift the state's 15-year ban against burning garbage.
Cleaning Cairo, but Taking a Livelihood
The Zabaleen of Cairo collect the city's trash, recycle most and feed their pigs on the rest. But the city government is threatening their livelihoods in the name of hygiene and improved working conditions.

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