Incinerator Myths

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Extracts from “Resources up in Flames: The Economic Pitfalls of Incineration versus a Zero Waste Approach in the Global South".
Incinerator proponents buy into a number of myths when trying to sell projects. Here are some common myths surrounding municipal solid waste incineration:
Myth: Incinerators provide a solution to the problem of rapidly increasing waste.
Myth: Incinerators maximize the use of scarce landfill space.
Myth: Incineration is less expensive than other options, including recycling and “sanitary” landfills and incineration yields electricity, a useful by-product.
Myth: Local communities prefer incinerators to landfills.
Myth: Incinerators are safe and more environmentally benign than landfills.
What are the realities?

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