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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

 

Is FAO opening a window for ecological farming?

Blog entry by Monique Mikhail | 23 September, 2014 4 comments

It was an exciting moment for me and a small team of Greenpeace food campaigners to take part in the Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) Agroecology Symposium in Rome last week. It was the first FAO event on agroecology in...

The melting sea ice, a dodgy peach blouse and a moment I'll never forget

Blog entry by Vicky Wyatt | 22 September, 2014

I remember at school I wrote a story about the North Pole. As part of my 'research' I found out that sometimes the Arctic was so cold that if you threw a bucket of boiling water into the air it would freeze before it hit the ground. My...

The New Normal

Blog entry by Jasper Inventor | 22 September, 2014

I’m probably one of a handful of Filipinos to ever make it to the Arctic. What struck me the most during my trip are the similarities that could be drawn between the Arctic and the Philippines despite being 8,500 kilometers apart. For...

Beating climate change, either lead or get out of the way

Blog entry by Arin de Hoog | 22 September, 2014

Yesterday, over half a million people in 160 countries across the world marched against climate change. What clearer signal can there be to policy leaders that they need to either lead or get out of the way? Leading means using...

How do you Detox 70 million clothes?

Blog entry by Chiara Campione | 22 September, 2014 1 comment

Something really cool happened in Italy today. Six of the country’s biggest textile companies , responsible for supplying material to a number of well-known fashion and luxury brands, made a commitment to eliminate hazardous...

World Peace Day 2014: Working towards true (energy) security

Blog entry by Jen Maman | 21 September, 2014

As the world marches to stop climate change we must also remember that the 21st of September marks the International Day of Peace. With millions suffering around the world, in internal or interstate violence, this has not been a good...

Dear LEGO, did you miss our one million emails…?

Blog entry by Ellen Booth | 20 September, 2014 1 comment

Oh LEGO! We're feeling sad again. We just heard you've rolled out a new line of Shell toys in Singapore, and this is just the beginning – they'll be coming to Shell petrol stations across the globe in the next year or so. And...

From the North Pole to the United Nations - gaining ground in protecting the Arctic

Blog entry by Josefina Skerk | 19 September, 2014 4 comments

I'm trembling with excitement. Together with a small delegation I just handed over a message to one of the world's top political figures. And it’s all because of you. I don't usually hang out in New York City, rubbing shoulders with...

Arctic 30 one year anniversary: Their freedom is our freedom

Blog entry by The Arctic 30 | 19 September, 2014 2 comments

The right to peaceful protest is a core tenet of a healthy society — the inherent human right to stand up and be counted, to challenge unjust laws, and sometimes, when the system has failed, to put our bodies in the way of destruction...

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