The Global Anti Incineration Alliance (GAIA) has summarized the impact that President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) will have on incineration. In a nutshell:
- The CPP allows for only the biogenic portion of the waste burned in a municipal solid waste (MSW) incinerator to be counted as renewable.
- Only incinerators with electricity capacity built after 2012 may qualify as renewable under the CPP
States that use a MSW incinerator as a form of renewable energy must ensure this is not negatively impacting recycling and composting efforts.
- They must do so by submitting a plan for increasing waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting programs.
For more details see “What You Need to Know About Garbage Incineration and the Clean Power Plan” from GAIA.