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Waste-to-Energy Is a False Path to Zero Waste, Report Says

Researchers at the City College of New York (CCNY) claim the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) is releasing misleading information claiming waste-to-energy is a false path to zero waste, and it could lead to "more waste going into landfills than ever before."

Waste-to-Energy Is a False Path to Zero Waste, Report Says

The report says the GAIA has been advocating for less waste for years, using flawed methods to arrive at conclusions that are disingenuous, distorted and untrue.

The GAIA report in question, “Green Businesses and Cities at Risk,” says: “Though touted as a sustainable waste management practice, co-incineration faces economic, environmental, and operational challenges, and businesses and cities that use it face increasing scrutiny. Just last month, a firm called RePower lost a key government contract in Virginia to process municipal waste for co-incineration, which sent ripples through the industry.”

GAIA goes on to write that its report sheds light on the practice of waste burning under the guise of landfill diversion or energy generation.

CCNY researchers, on the other hand, claim the GAIA report is based on incorrect calculations and does not take into account the science and engineering of the real issues associated with “managing the immense scale of the waste generated every single day.” Furthermore, it does not propose a solution, only an idea, “then proceeds to attack thermal conversion in ways that are preposterous.”

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The report says the GAIA has been advocating for less waste for years, using flawed methods to arrive at conclusions that are disingenuous, distorted and untrue.

The GAIA report in question, “Green Businesses and Cities at Risk,” says: “Though touted as a sustainable waste management practice, co-incineration faces economic, environmental, and operational challenges, and businesses and cities that use it face increasing scrutiny. Just last month, a firm called RePower lost a key government contract in Virginia to process municipal waste for co-incineration, which sent ripples through the industry.”

GAIA goes on to write that its report sheds light on the practice of waste burning under the guise of landfill diversion or energy generation.

CCNY researchers, on the other hand, claim the GAIA report is based on incorrect calculations and does not take into account the science and engineering of the real issues associated with “managing the immense scale of the waste generated every single day.” Furthermore, it does not propose a solution, only an idea, “then proceeds to attack thermal conversion in ways that are preposterous.”

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Waste-to-Energy Is a False Path to Zero Waste, Report Says