Portland, OR says no to burning 200K tons of garbage

Portland, OR says no to burning 200K tons of garbage

Date: 10 Aug 2017 | posted in: waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“Waste-to-energy incineration is an outmoded, dirty, high-carbon technology that is inconsistent with the climate action, environmental justice, and sustainability policies embraced throughout our region,” said Joseph Miller, PhD of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Metro Stakeholder Advisory Group for the project’s Health Impact Assessment.

On August 8, 3027, The Portland Metro Council rejected a proposal from a Covanta incinerator to receive one-fifth of the tri-county region’s garbage at its Brooks, OR facility. No less than 15 organizations including the Portland Branch of the NAACP, Oregon Physicians for Social responsibility and Neighbors for Clean Air.

Link to stories here: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/oregonpsrorg/pages/127/attachments/original/1502225118/Metro_Covanta_Press_Release_08-08-2017.pdf?1502225118.

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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.