URGENT ACTION ALERT--INCINERATION
Please forward to all Massachusetts voters in your address book.
Right now the Mass DEP is
drafting a new Solid Waste Master Plan that may include LIFTING THE
STATE MORATORIUM ON NEW INCINERATORS. Since the DEP is moving away
from landfilling, and the Patrick Administration has expressed strong support
for waste-to-energy technologies, the new Master Plan is expected to open the
door to new high-heat disposal sites around the state.
Incinerators drive climate
change. They emit
heavy metals and form dioxins and furans—among the most dangerous compounds for human health. Other high-heat technologies
planned for Massachusetts,
including gasification and pyrolysis, also have dangerous emissions, are unjust
to neighboring communities, and waste resources.
Only a small portion of
the energy that goes into the manufacture of products can be recovered at
disposal sites. Trash-to-energy is a waste of energy. Plus, these facilities
compete against recycling programs for high volumes of garbage.
Ask the DEP to reject
incineration and related technologies and develop a Zero Waste plan. Zero Waste = waste reduction, reuse, full recycling, composting, and
producer responsibility. Zero
Waste will save energy and natural resources, and bring new “green”
businesses and jobs to Massachusetts
for reuse, repair, recycling, and composting.
PLEASE TAKE 60
SECONDS TO MAKE A CRITICAL DIFFERENCE.
1. Open a new email and
copy these five addresses in the address line.
Ian.Bowles@no.address, Laurie.Burt@no.address, John.Fischer@no.address, James.Colman@no.address, MassZeroWaste@no.address (The last
address ensures that these messages will also be delivered to the Governor, who
has no public email address.)
2. Copy this basic message
onto the email: (Or write your
I am concerned about
the DEP's draft Solid Waste Plan. Please retain
the incinerator moratorium. Trash-to-energy is not a clean, safe, or renewable
energy source. It is highly
wasteful, polluting and drives climate change. The amount of energy to
produce a new product far outweighs the energy retrieved from
trash-to-energy. Recycling recovers
more of that energy and preserves the raw materials as well. Please develop a
Zero Waste Plan that will conserve our material and energy resources, and get Massachusetts on record as a truly “green” state in
which to live and do business.
3. Press send.
4. Forward this alert to
your email list and to groups that will pass it on.