Ban Waste Incinerators in Massachusetts

Ban Waste Incinerators in Massachusetts

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Kemly Derby started this petition to Call your MA. Representatives

The expansion and enlargement of incinerators in Massachusetts pose risks to human health and the environment. In the pursuit to achieve renewable and self-sustaining energy, Massachusetts has classified waste-to-energy incinerators as a renewable energy source. This classification is dangerous as the expansion of waste-to-energy incinerators leach harmful toxins (dioxin, lead, and mercury), probable carcinogens, and heavy metals into the air and water. Most of these incinerators are located in Environmental Justice communities. Waste companies claim that these incinerators are safe, but if you can smell it, you are smelling the toxins.

For every four pounds of trash we burn, there is one pound of toxic ash that has to be buried. This may reduce the volume of the trash, but it does not remove the toxicity. The toxic chemicals in this will also be leached into the environment surrounding it. These incinerators take so much energy to run that they even burn recyclables to feed the incinerator. Incinerators also burn food waste that instead could be used for composting, which does not leach toxins into the environment and it sequesters carbon.


Instead of trying to solve our waste problem by burning it, we should move towards zero waste solutions.

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