2.3 Why incinerators are a waste of public money?

Incinerators, even if they produce energy by burning waste, are not good investment options for public money because they:

  • squander precious materials that could be reused or recycled; thus, they necessitate import of increasingly expensive new raw materials from around the world at a huge cost to national economy;
  • produce high CO2 emissions and facilitate climate change;
  • harm surrounding communities with toxic pollution and generate toxic ash;
  • provoke public protests, leading to difficulties with construction permissions;
  • block development of waste prevention and recycling, as incinerators require a constant input of large amount of mixed waste for decades to achieve predicted profit.
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