Source

* Visit www.no-burn.org/failing-incinerators for more information on WTE incinerators in the United States.

Additional resources for each fact

 

  • Fact 2: Incineration releases high levels of climate pollution

 

 

  • Fact 3: Incineration releases toxic substances

 

  • Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. (2019). Waste Incineration: Pollution and Health Impacts. Retrieved from: https://www.no-burn.org/fact-sheet-incineration-and-health/
  • Petrlik, J. & Ryder, R. (2015). After Incineration: the Toxic Ash Problem. IPEN. Retrieved from: https://ipen.org/sites/default/files/documents/After_incineration_the_toxic_ash_problem_2015.pdf
  • Baptista, A. & Perovich, A. (2019). U.S. Solid Waste Incinerators: An Industry in Decline. The New School Tishman Environment and Design Center. Retrieved from: https://www.no-burn.org/industryindecline/ 
  • Tait, P., Brew, J., Che, A., Costanzo, A., Danyluk, A., & Davis, M. et al. (2019). The health impacts of waste incineration: a systematic review. Australian And New Zealand Journal Of Public Health, 44(1), 40-48. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12939 
  • National Research Council (2000). Waste Incineration and Public Health. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK233629/
  • Allsopp, M., Costner, P., & Johnston, P. (2001). Incineration and human health. Environmental Science And Pollution Research, 8(2), 141-145. doi: 10.1007/bf02987308
  • Azulay, D., Villa, P., Arellano, Y. Gordon, M., Moon, D. & Miller, K. et al. (2019). Plastic & Pollution: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet. Center for International Environmental Law. Retrieved from: https://www.ciel.org/plasticandhealth/

 

  • Fact 4: Incineration is not compatible with recycling

 

 

  • Fact 5: Incineration is cost-prohibitive and create fewer jobs compared to zero waste practices

 

 

  • Fact 6. Incineration perpetuates excessive plastic production and consumption

 

  • Hamilton, L., Feit, S. Muffett, C., Kelso, M., Rubright, S. & Bernhardt, C. et al. (2019). Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet. Center for International Environmental Law. Retrieved from: https://www.ciel.org/plasticandclimate/

Resources on gasification and pyrolysis

 

* Visit www.zerowasteworld.org to see more resources on zero waste, including the case studies of Gipuzkoa, Spain and Pune, India.