Recycling is the vision, not garbage incineration

Health & Environment


Cancer mortality in towns in the vicinity of incinerators and installations for the recovery or disposal of hazardous waste -Javier García-Pérez, Pablo Fernández-Navarro, Adela Castelló, María Felicitas López-Cima, Rebeca Ramis, Elena Boldo, Gonzalo López-Abente

The Health Effects of Waste Incinerators -British Society for Ecological Medicine

Incineration and Human Health -Greenpeace

Incineration and Health Issues -Friends of the Earth

Incinerators and their Health Effects- Irish Doctors Environmental Association

Statement of Evidence -Particulate Emissions and Health -Dr Vyvyan Howard

Health effects of exposure to waste incinerator emissions- Franchini et al

Origin and health impacts of emissions of toxic byproducts and fine particles from combustion and thermal treatment of hazardous wastes and byproducts -Cormier et al

While not a paper, Dr. Pengelly review of step 4 a 2007 of Halton, Ontario’s examination of health effects, played a role in preventing an incinerator there.

Medical Groups Opposing Incineration

Health Care without Harm -Why EU legislation must not favour incineration over better waste management options

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

ARTAC -France

European Doctors Appeal to the European Parliament

IDEA -Ireland

Prevent Cancer Now -Canada

Concern over Biomass Incinerators

Reports of note

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives -Closing the Loop: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Zero Waste in BC

Stop Trashing the Climate -this report shows why zero waste not wasting of energy is the solution to our resource use problem

RCBC’s Examining the Waste to Energy Option

RCBC’s On the Road to Zero Waste

GAIA Industry Blowing Smoke

Dr. Jeff Morris Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Waste Management Strategies with a Zero Waste Objective

Dr. Jeff Morris -Competition Between Recycling and Incineration

Friends of the Earth Up in Smoke

Energy Justice -Environmental Hierarchy of Fuels

Environmentalists Weigh in

The David Suzuki Foundations says Incineration is a waste of resources.

Michael Braungart -Cradle to Cradle: Transitioning from Waste Incineration to Beneficial Materials

Pembina Institute -see the impact of incineration of municipal solid waste on global warming in the fact sheets they developed with other environmental groups

Pembina joined the BC Sustainable Energy Association, the Dogwood Initiative, the David Suzuki Foundation, West Coast Environmental Law, SmartGrowth BC, Canadian Parks and Wilderness, Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre, Sierra Club, Forest Ethics and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation in reviewing the provincial Climate Action Team recommendations. Their response noted:

  • The incineration of wastes should not be allowed, however, since the emissions contain a 50:50 anthropogenic:biogenic ratio of CO2, as well as being a major health/cancer hazard since burning plastic waste produces dioxins and furans.
  • B.C. should emulate San Francisco, which is on track to achieve its goal of Zero Waste by 2020. Current practices in B.C. are failing, with the CRD (for instance) recycling less each year. BC needs more stringent Zero Waste regulations, imposing fines on communities that fail to achieve 50% waste reduction/diversion by 2012, 75% by 2020, and 100% by 2030

Paul Hawken (author of Natural Capitalism) was one of the first to sign the ZWBC Sign on Statement -calling incineration “Waste to Entropy”

Greenpeace has long been against incineration. A misquote in a Toronto Star article indicating otherwise prompted this affirmation of Greenpeace’s stance.

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