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Incineration Versus Recycling: In Europe, A Debate Over Trash

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Increasingly common in Europe, municipal "waste-to-energy" incinerators are being touted as a green trash-disposal alternative. But critics contend that these large-scale incinerators tend to discourage recycling and lead to greater waste.

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Anne F (17)
Friday August 30, 2013, 12:55 pm
time to start mining dumps and refuse heaps and landfills

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday August 30, 2013, 4:52 pm
If you read the two comments it would appear as if there's no immediate solution that is preferable. How about for starters we rid ourselves of all the plastic and Styrofoam. Metal can be smelted and reused. Plastic and Styrofoam can be converted and reused. It's really a question as to whether the political will is there to spend the money. Right now it's all about the TTC and the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Woo hoo!

Susanne R (235)
Friday August 30, 2013, 11:16 pm
Interesting to learn that several European countries have dozens of incineration plants that work so effectively and so profitably that they actually import waste from hundreds of miles away and find themselves competing with the recycling industry!

Interesting and informative article, Cal. Thanks for posting it!

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 3:22 am
Too me, it is preferable to reduce first, then reuse.

S S (0)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 12:54 pm
Thank you.

Shaheen N (64)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 1:56 pm
Thanks for sharing

Ben O (170)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 4:42 am
Because it has become so good at recycling, Sweden now is importing 800,000 tons of trash...
-I don't like that at all! But it's pretty good that only 4 percent of it ends up in landfills though...
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