GreenYes Archives
[GreenYes Archives] - [Thread Index] - [Date Index]
[Date Prev] - [Date Next] - [Thread Prev] - [Thread Next]

[greenyes] Ann Leonard to speak at CRRA Conference July 21
Global protest against waste incineration
A major protest against waste incineration was staged this week, involving 
over 235 groups from 62 countries.

The protest was timed to coincide with the first day of the Seventh 
Intergovernmental Committee meeting on persistent organic pollutants (POPS), and the 
release of a new report recommending the phasing out of waste incineration.

The report, ‘Waste Incineration: a dying technology’, released by the group 
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), claims that incineration 
is an unreliable waste treatment technology which produces secondary waste 
streams more dangerous than the original.

It says incineration is also inefficient in terms of energy production and 
creates very few jobs.

Ann Leonard, CO-coordinator of GAIA, who organized the protest, said that 
people are concerned with efforts in the US Senate to classify incineration as 
renewable energy.

“Incinerator pushers are scrambling to repackage and reinvent their 
technologies using various forms of greenwashing including referring to incinerators as 
clean, renewable energy sources, or claiming to have new variations for the s
ame old and discredited process,” she said.

Public opposition has contributed to the closure of incineration facilities 
worldwide. Jurisdictions in 15 countries have partial bans on incineration and 
the Philippines have banned it all together.

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants identifies all 
waste incinerators, including cement kilns burning hazardous waste, as major 
sources of dioxins, furans and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and recommends the 
use of substitute techniques to avoid this pollution.

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) also reports that incinerators 
account for 69% of dioxin emissions worldwide

Check out the CRRA Conference Website
CRRA State Conference Ontario CA July 20 -23
<A HREF="";>Click Here for the Website

3891 Kendall Street
San Diego CA 92109
858 272 2905 (P)
858 272 3709 (F)

[GreenYes Archives] - [Date Index] - [Thread Index]
[Date Prev] - [Date Next] - [Thread Prev] - [Thread Next]