California Down to Two Garbage Incinerators

California Down to Two Garbage Incinerators

Date: 7 Aug 2018 | posted in: waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the 1980s there were over thirty proposed garbage incinerators in California. By the middle of the decade all but four of them had been stopped thanks to the advocacy of organized citizens.

Now there are only two remaining plants after the close of the Commerce, CA facility in June 2018. After the plant lost two-thirds of its $0.11 per kWH energy contract with South California Edison, it struggled to maintain financial viability.

Despite a number of last ditch efforts, the Commerce facility was unable to generate enough revenue to keep the plant operating. These efforts included raising its tip fee to $84 per ton.

Check out excellent coverage of this issue from Cole Rosengren of Waste Dive.


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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Recycling and Economic Growth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is a member of ILSR's Board of Directors.