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

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