In a system of increasing waste generation, we are faced with a frantic search for short-term solutions such as burying or incinerating waste (and waste-toenergy). This supposed use of waste for energy produces toxic waste, pollutes the air, and contributes to climate change. The costs of this are externalized on the environment and people.
Incinerators emit more CO2 (per megawatt-hour) than coal, natural gas, or even oil-fired power plants. In addition, incineration is the most expensive method of generating energy and handling waste, creating a significant economic burden for cities.
The idea that waste disappears or is reused discourages efforts to reduce waste generation and the consequent care for nature, creating a perverse incentive to generate more waste.
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