We the undersigned urge you to actively oppose efforts to include trash incineration as a part of the State Energy Plan. The burning of trash in Connecticut should be phased out. The toxins released by trash incineration are linked to cancer, asthma, diabetes, learning problems and other health issues. People in Hartford and Bridgeport, two already overly polluted cities, should not have to carry the burden of breathing dangerously unhealthy air created by the incineration of trash, occurring on a daily basis, in these two cities. The bulk of this trash is being imported from surrounding towns.
We urge expanded investment in recycling and composting as the better alternative to the toxic incineration of trash.
Facts about trash incineration:
1. Recycling creates 10 times more jobs than incineration per unit of waste.
2. Incinerators emit more CO2 per unit of energy (2988 lbs/MWh) than coal does (2248 lbs/MWh).
3. U.S. communities are pioneering Zero Waste, which is the design and management of products and processes to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.
Read more: http://www.no-burn.org/article.php?id=1433