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Great Lakes Waste and Environmental Justice

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The Detroit trash incinerator is the symbol of environmental racism in the heart of the Great Lakes. It was conceived in the 1970s, paid for, designed and constructed in the 1980s, and has been …

The Detroit trash incinerator is the symbol of environmental racism in the heart of the Great Lakes. It was conceived in the 1970s, paid for, designed and constructed in the 1980s, and has been operating ever since (with brief interruptions) at the rate of about 800,000 tons of trash per year, in an African-American community that is plagued by poverty, asthma and many other public health crises, unnecessarily generating nightmarish quantities of mercury, dioxins, heavy metals, particulates and other airborne toxics and odors that ultimately sink into the Great Lakes waters. This workshop will tell the story of the Detroit Trash Incinerator and explore the interrelated questions of race, class, economic development, political decision making and ecological sustainability, as they relate to the precious inland fresh water seas that have always served as the basis for human settlements in the region.

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    • 1. Great Lakes Waste and Environmental Justice
      Woodward Ballroom DThursday, October 131:30-2:30 p.m.
    • 2. Zero Waste Detroit
      Presented by: Ahmina Maxey
    • 3. Zero Waste Detroit
      ZWD is a coalition of local organizations advocating for:
      Curbside recycling - a materials recovery system that will bring new jobs and economic development to Detroit
      End to waste incineration
    • 4. Our Goals
      Ensure that no city dollars go toward incineration of our trash
      Expand curbside recycling throughout Detroit
      Facilitate investment in Detroit’s green economy
    • 5.
    • 6. Incinerator Facts
      The Mayor has committed to BURN Detroit’s trash, even though land-filling is lower cost.
      Recovery of materials (recycling) and using those materials as feedstock for industry creates more jobs than burning trash.
      Incinerator steam is not essential to supply heat and energy to schools and buildings on the steam loop.
      Asthma death in Detroit is twice the state avg.
    • 7.
    • 8. The Alternative to Incineration is Recycling
    • 9. What Can You Do?
      Join Zero Waste Detroit
      Report any odors via the zerowastedetroit.org website
      Keep the messages flowing. Call or write:
      Keep Detroit on the path to Green! No City dollars for incineration!
      Expand Curbside Recycling!
      Mayor Bing, 313-224-3400 Dave.Bing@detroitmi.gov
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    • 15. Again…
      Join Us!!!
      Report any odors via the zerowastedetroit.org website
      Keep the messages flowing. Call or write:
      Keep Detroit on the path to Green! No City dollars for incineration!
      Expand Curbside Recycling!
      Mayor Bing, 313-224-3400 Dave.Bing@detroitmi.gov
    • 16. ZWD Members
      Coalition for Community Change
      Detroit Audubon Society
      Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance
      Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
      East Michigan Environmental Action Council
      Ecology Center
      Feedom Freedom
      Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit
      Greenacres Woodward Civic Association
      Institute for Local Self-Reliance
      Michigan Environmental Council
      Rosedale Recycles
      Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program
      Sierra Club Southeast Michigan Group
      Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision
      Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice
    • 17. Questions?
    • 18. Spread the word!
      Wireless password: HOW11
       
      Conference website: Conference.healthylakes.org
       
      Email us photos, comments, tweets or video & we will post online: healthylakes@gmail.com
       
      On Twitter? Use the hashtag:#healthylakes

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