The Clean Power Plan (CPP) & Incineration

Date: 11 Aug 2015 | posted in: waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.

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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.