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[GreenYes] Re: Economic Value of trash for waste to energy plants?


Title: [GreenYes] Re: Economic Value of trash for waste to energy plants?

As climate change pressure intensifies, it seems like there will have to be
credits for diverting plastics (fossil carbon) from incinerators. They are
safer in landfills, archived underground where they belong, that dumped in
the atmosphere.
H.

At 02:01 AM 4/20/2008, paul_illich@no.address wrote:


>......... Plastics, one of the things we have been
>most concerned should not go to incinerators due to dioxins and
>furans, are amongst the most sought after waste for incinerator
>companies (that take advantage of the corporate lobby's success
>in changing EU law to allow incineration, rebadged waste-to-energy,
>to be classed a recycling, despite the fact it is a final end use,
>with
>ash too toxic for a further cycle). This is due to the high calorific
>value of plastics as compared to most other waste. It is therefore
>logical that it would command a higher value - except that, with
>contracts to supply to the incinerators drawn up in favour of the
>corporations over the local community or local govt finance, I
>expect that it is fairly rigidly controlled. In a free market? Yes,
>I imagine plastics would be more valuable than some other
>wastes, even with the surfeit of it that the world has.
>
>Paul




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