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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

 

Poland's nuclear energy programme stumbles again: Has PGE lost control of its...

Blog entry by Jan Haverkamp | 22 May, 2014 9 comments

In late February, during one of our regular strolls through the Lubiatowo dunes where the Polish government and the utility PGE are planning to build 3,000 MW of nuclear capacity, we found something peculiar. Bright orange sticks –...

Keeping the game beautiful

Blog entry by Manfred Santen | 21 May, 2014 3 comments

UPDATE June 2014 -  Great news! adidas has agreed to stop the greenwash and come clean.  Read more... As expectation builds towards the 2014 World Cup, the Detox campaign this week blew the whistle on a toxic scandal that goes...

The buzzing of bees must not fall silent

Blog entry by Matthias Wüthrich | 20 May, 2014 1 comment

A third of our food, including some of our most delicious produce such as apples, tomatoes and coffee, along with most of the flowering plants on earth, depend on honeybees, wild bees and other insects for pollination. The...

A Red Card for sportswear brands

Publication | 19 May, 2014 at 10:00

This study follows on from several previous investigations published by Greenpeace as part of its Detox campaign, which identified that hazardous chemicals are present in textile and leather products as a result of their use during manufacture.

Antarctica's glaciers are collapsing - Are we ready to pay attention?

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 16 May, 2014 4 comments

The "irreversible collapse" of glaciers in Antarctica is dominating headlines around the world this week. News outlets are breathlessly reporting that the dramatic rise in sea levels that's now on the cards. So what does it mean?

Protest Against Illegal Timber in Brazil

Image | 16 May, 2014 at 15:20

Greenpeace Brazil activists protest at the Pampa sawmill nearby the Para state capital, Belem, which has been associated with illegalities in the timber sector and linked with the US timber market. A two year Greenpeace investigation into the...

Save Bear Island – Save us from oil addiction

Blog entry by Sune Scheller | 16 May, 2014

As I write this the Esperanza is sailing north along the Norwegian coast with a dedicated crew and activists, committed to put an end to oil companies' reckless race to drill for oil in the Arctic. I am glad to be one of them. This...

Illegal Brazilian Amazon timber sold globally with legal paper work

Blog entry by Tica Minami | 15 May, 2014 1 comment

Two years ago, we kicked off an investigation into what was happening in the Brazilian Amazon timber industry and today we released our findings: the timber market is fraught with illegality, and predatory logging is destroying the...

FSC Case Studies

Publication | 12 May, 2014 at 15:03

To keep FSC certification as a credible tool to help protect forests, Greenpeace International is publishing a series of case studies exposing controversial operations that are posing the greatest risk to the FSC’s integrity. We will also be...

FSC at a Crossroads

Blog entry by Catharine Grant | 12 May, 2014 1 comment

Greenpeace considers the Forest Stewardship Council to be the only credible global certification standard for good forest management. There are many reasons for this, but it is mostly because FSC is a three-chamber system that has...

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