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HERC’s Emissions and Toxic Ash Make it a Far Cry from Best Practices in Dealing with Trash

| Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 2, 2016 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

MinnPost – August 1, 2016

The HERC garbage incinerator is not the best solution to Hennepin County’s trash problem — far from it. While the county is doing well at 46 percent recycling, composting and reuse, it is far from the best practices in cities and counties across the country that have moved to 70 percent plus diversion through recycling, composting and reuse.

For the remaining waste, Commissioner Higgins suggests that the county burn the residue as an alternative to landfilling. Yet every incinerator needs landfills for toxic ash and bypass waste. Approximately 20­-30 percent of garbage going into an incinerator must be landfilled.

Read the full op-ed here from ILSR’s Neil Seldman and John Farrell.

About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is the Director of the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and counties recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy  through new processing and manufacturing facilities.  Neil also serves on ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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