We want a Circular Economy in Victoria, but we face a threat - Waste to Energy. There are a number of large proposals being fast-tracked without full environmental and human health impact assessments, and without thinking through what impact it will have on our recycling system in the future.
Craig is highly dubious of Waste to Energy as a solution for Australia- he found that most “recycled” soft plastics in Sweden actually ended up incinerated! See 26 minute doco here.
We are concerned for the following reasons:
- Incinerators are more polluting than coal and gas power stations for energy output
Things that should not be burnt will be burnt, like plastics, causing hazardous waste
- A recent study from the Australian and New Zealand journal of public health has shown a link between health impacts and waste incineration, including impacts on expectant mothers
- They lock local councils into long-term contracts with the same unsustainable linear model of buy – use – throw away that has failed us for decades
Waste to Energy is held up as the solution to our waste crisis, but really is a polluting distraction will keep us locked into an unworkable system.
There is an easy way to stop this. Local councils don’t want to be locked into long term contracts and Waste to Energy cannot exist without our waste. By sending an email to your local council, you let them know that there is community support for other solutions, and gives Councillors the cover they need to say no to these huge polluting projects.
You can make a difference today- please send an email to your local Councillor, letting them know your concerns.
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Be sure to let us know what answer you get in reply! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with that or any questions.
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