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Polluting waste incinerator near local community in East Liverpool.

Incineration

Society continues to generate more waste and to change this alarming trend; strong political and industrial measures are urgently needed.

Despite what industry and governments would like people to believe,incineration is not a solution to the world's waste problems, but partof the problem.

Incinerators may reduce the volume of solid waste, but they do notdispose of the toxic substances contained in the waste. They create thelargest source of dioxins, which is one of the most toxic chemicalsknown to science.

Incinerators emit a wide range of pollutants in their stack gases,ashes and other residues. The filters used to clean incinerator stackgases produce solid and liquid toxic wastes, which also need to bedisposed.

The only way to improve the situation is to avoid toxic waste production by improving our products and processes.

Public opposition to incineration isgrowing worldwide. People are recognising that there is no place forthe incineration of waste in a sustainable society.

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Greenpeace climate action at Helsinki's coal

Image | June 11, 1997 at 0:00

It is possible to take positive action on climate: the solutions exist already as Greenpeace has proved in its Energy [R]evolution report . Already in 1997, when this photo was taken, Greenpeace was calling for a switch to clean energy.

Greenpeace activists help to install solar

Image | June 6, 1997 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists help to install solar panels on houses in Docklands, London.

Diver sampling Cogema nuclear reprocessing

Image | June 1, 1997 at 1:00

Diver sampling Cogema nuclear reprocessing plant outflow at La Hague, France.

Dead wandering abatross that had been caught

Image | June 1, 1997 at 1:00

Dead wandering abatross that had been caught on a Japanese longline.

Greenpeace International Annual Report 1996

Publication | June 1, 1997 at 0:00

The US, Russia, France, China and the UK sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Greenpeace underlines its global commitment, turning east and opening an office in Hong Kong as a first step towards establishing Greenpeace in China.

Greenpeace activists dressed up as bunnies

Image | May 14, 1997 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists dressed up as bunnies and bad scientists in an action against genetically engineered soya.

Greenpeace activists dressed up as bunnies

Image | May 14, 1997 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists dressed up as bunnies and bad scientists, action against genetically engineered soya.

Greenpeace activists dressed up as bunnies

Image | May 14, 1997 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists dressed up as bunnies and bad scientists, action against genetically engineered soya.

Greenpeace installs solar panels on a school

Image | May 3, 1997 at 1:00

Greenpeace installs solar panels on a school.

Action to stop uerto Aludici Dos delivering

Image | May 3, 1997 at 0:00

Action to stop uerto Aludici Dos delivering coal to power stations on Mallorca, Spain

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