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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.

The latest updates

 

Greenpeace tracks down illegal timber for export

Blog entry by Richard George | 15 October, 2014 3 comments

My colleagues – and friends – in Brazil spent two months placing GPS trackers on illegal loggers in the Amazon. It's dangerous – but it helps us expose their crimes to the world. Greenpeace activists lived amongst the loggers near...

How Greenpeace may be about to stop US$150 million getting into a dodgy fishing company

Blog entry by Elsa Lee | 15 October, 2014 2 comments

Seeing Greenpeace in the leading headline of Hong Kong's most prestigious financial newspaper is not something I am used to! But if you knew why, you would see how your support is bringing companies engaged in overfishing to their...

Companies call on EU leaders to back ambitious climate and energy policies

Blog entry by Jorgo Riss | 14 October, 2014 4 comments

In the past, politicians have often been the ones pushing companies to become more conscious of health and safety issues. American politicians insisted that car companies install seatbelts. European politicians voted for hormone...

Protest At The Prezioso Oil Rig In Italy

Image | 14 October, 2014 at 12:11

Activists from the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior occupy the ‘Prezioso’ offshore oil rig operated by the Italian oil company ENI in the Sicilian Channel. The activists unfurl a 120 meter square banner depicting the Italian Prime Minister,...

Airpocalypse hits Beijing... and breaks devastating new record

Blog entry by Zhang Kai | 10 October, 2014 9 comments

Usually it's only locals that have to suffer through Beijing's notorious air pollution. But as records in air quality are smashed, celebrities and sport stars in town this week are forced to power through as well. Mariah Carey, top...

Arctic Ambassador, we have something to say

Blog entry by Elena Polisano | 10 October, 2014

1990s Ferrero Rocher adverts and Danish political TV hit Borgen. Two off-piste conversation topics in a west London cafe last Friday as our group of Greenpeace campaigners and volunteers prepared for a first-time experience. We...

Korea's fishing crime wave

Blog entry by Karli Thomas | 10 October, 2014 1 comment

It's incredible to watch the unravelling of the tangled web illegal fishers have woven around their dirty business. Fishing companies have created elaborate webs of deception stretching from Korea to New Zealand, Argentina to South...

The European Commission’s nuclear decision threatens our clean energy future

Blog entry by Jan Haverkamp | 9 October, 2014 2 comments

Yesterday's authorisation by the European Commission of massive subsidies for the UK's Hinkley Point C nuclear project is an enormous set-back for the country's development of a sustainable and clean energy future. Not only that, it...

Today LEGO dumped Shell - Here's why it matters to us all

Blog entry by James Turner | 9 October, 2014

LEGO's decision to break its 50 year partnership with Shell is – as they say in America – kind of a big deal. Despite their best attempts to downplay its significance, this was a multimillion dollar partnership that had delivered real...

How LEGO got awesome to #SaveTheArctic

Blog entry by Ian Duff | 9 October, 2014 22 comments

Today we got the awesome news: after a three-month campaign supported by more than a million people worldwide, LEGO has announced it will not renew its contract with Arctic destroyer Shell. This is fantastic news for LEGO fans and...

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