Waste-to-Energy on ADB’s Energy Policy Working Paper

We, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and our allied networks, are writing to state our unequivocal opposition to the continued support of the Asian Development Bank on waste incinerators with energy recovery or waste-to-energy (WTE). The...

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ADB draft energy policy

The ADB plays a critical role in this historic period of greater need for development finance in the transition to a green, just and resilient future for the region. As ADB and governments are pursuing COVID-19-related stimulus and recovery initiatives, it...

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Fact Sheet: Plastic and Incineration

We have too much plastic that has nowhere to go... Can we just burn it? Short answer: no! Burning is the most harmful way to handle plastic waste. It turns one form of pollution into others, including air emissions, toxic ash, and...

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Waste-to-Energy has no place in Africa

For centuries, self-sufficient agricultural societies had been zero waste by nature. This sustainable cycle broke when artificial materials,  such as plastic packaging, began conquering the market. As the world's fastest-urbanizing continent, Africa has...

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Incinerators in trouble

's As part of a series of projects planned to support and elevate grassroots 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,...

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Facts about “Waste-to-Energy” Incinerators

Incinerators are facilities that treat waste by burning it. They come under many names such as “mass burn incinerators,” “thermal treatment facilities,” or so-called “waste-to-energy” (WTE) plants, and involve processes such as combustion, pyrolysis, gasification, or...

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5 reasons why Europe’s garbage burning is a big problem

European incinerators are often misleadingly touted in other regions of the world as a global model. Articles frequently discuss the architectural appearance of incinerators in Vienna and Copenhagen, but miss the boat about the direction of EU policies overall, and...

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EJ Groups Raise Concern Over ESPS Memo Allowing Waste-Derived Fuel

Environmental justice (EJ) groups are warning that EPA’s existing source performance standards (ESPS) may encourage fossil fuel-fired power plants to burn waste-derived fuel that could be worse for the climate than coal while also exposing nearby communities to mercury and other toxics released when the waste is burned.

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Concrete Troubles: A GAIA and CEM report about emissions from cement plants in India

In 2010, the Indian Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) released the “Guidelines on Co-processing in Cement/Power/Steel Industry” which gave an official sanction for co-incineration of industrial and municipal wastes in cement plants. This directive will effectively allow cement plants across India to incinerate a range of hazardous, post-production waste from manufacturing and a variety of post consumer municipal waste.

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GAIA pub shows how waste incinerators undermine recycling

Waste incineration undermines recycling. This conflict is particularly clear in so-called “waste-to-energy” incinerators, and is also true for burners that do not recover energy. The cases presented in this briefing paper clearly illustrate the many ways that incineration has worked against waste prevention and recycling in various locations around the globe.

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The “WTE” Incinerator wastes more energy than it generates

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.

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Burning Recycling

Community recycling efforts around the country are getting burned by incineration. Despite financial numbers that don’t add up, why is incineration of solid waste – and recoverable materials – for energy recovery on the rise? What policies and incentives need to change to turn down the heat?

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Facts Rule Out Trash Gasification

Since WW II attempts to gasify municipal solid waste (MSW) have failed repeatedly. Processing trash with high heat is (1) polluting; (2) expensive; (3) energy inefficient; (4) destroys resources that could be reused, recycled, or composted; and (5) generates slag and other “by-products” that have to be landfilled.

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Clean Development Mechanism & Waste

What’s wrong with the CDM support to waste-to-energy?
Climate policy attempts to reduce methane emissions from waste have mainly focused on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which was established not only to reduce emissions as cost-effectively as possible, but also to promote sustainable development and technology transfer to developing countries. Unfortunately, in the case of the waste sector, considerable evidence indicates that the projects approved by the CDM are not achieving either goal; indeed, in many cases they are directly undermining both.

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CDM Misadventures In Waste Management

The Clean Development Mechanism’s flagship waste management project in India is turning into a multi-faceted disaster, revealing flaws in both the carbon credit mechanism as well as the corporate-driven, technology-focused approached to climate change mitigation.

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CDM: Financing the Demise of Waste Worker Livelihood, Community Health, and Climate

Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) funding for incineration and landfills currently represents a lost opportunity to reduce pollution and help improve the welfare and standards of living of some of the poorest people in the world. Additionally, this funding incentivizes the destruction of valuable resources that would otherwise have been recovered with significant climate benefits. The following are a few examples of waste projects that have been approved or are being considered for CDM approval, and where there is growing community and waste worker opposition to the project.

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Greenpeace Incinerator Tour

Learn how incinerators work and what are the possible impacts to community health and the environment.

Take the Greenpeace Incinerator Tour now!

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Biomess Part I

View the story of the failed biomass plants in Tallahassee, FL and  Burlington, VT, USA.

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Biomess Part 2

View the story of the failed biomass plants in Tallahassee, FL and  Burlington, VT, USA. Part 2

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Wasted Energy: Debunking the Waste-to-Energy Scheme

http://www.emagazine.com/view/?4315&src=QSA113 E Magazine, 20 August 2008 By Neil Seldman Like any other vampire, “waste to energy” technology, e.g., burning garbage for electricity, needs a good, swift stake to the heart. Decades after garbage incinerators...

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How Producer Responsibility for Product Take-Back Can Promote Eco-Design

How Producer Responsibility for Product Take-Back Can Promote Eco-Design.

Individual producer responsibility encourages competition between companies on how to manage the
end-of-life phase of their products. This in turn drives innovation, such as in business models, take-back
logistics and design changes, to reduce the environmental impact of products at the end of their life.

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Incinerators Trash Community Health Report

The incinerator industry often promotes incinerators as having “zero emissions” or as being “safe for community health”. The truth, however, is that all incinerators contaminate people and the environment with toxic and cancer-causing emissions.

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