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Gaia ace may_2010

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  2. 2. GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 600 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 82 countries whose ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration. Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives Also Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance
  3. 3. Waste, Workers & Climate Justice
  4. 4. What is Waste? Paper, Plastic, Metals, Food Scraps Communities, Jobs, Ways of Life Cars, Computers, Homes The U.S. Consumes 30% of the World’s Resources, Emits 22% of the World’s GHG emissions and Produces 30% of the World’s Waste
  5. 5. What is Climate Justice? 4 R’s: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Redesign 4 R’s of Climate Justice Reduce Scale & Intensity of Industrial Systems Resist Corporate Control & False Solutions Reclaim Community Control of Resources Redesign equitable, closed - loop and community-scale economies
  6. 6. DISCARDED MATERIALS Ash Landfill MIX INCINERATE S E P A R A T E Reuse Recycle Compost Toxic Removal Screening Facility Residue Landfill BETTER INDUSTRIAL DESIGN P.I.P Fraction MIX Raw Waste Landfill
  7. 7. <ul><li>Toxic Pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Wasted Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Climate Pollution </li></ul>INCINERATION Key Issues:
  8. 8. INCINERATION: Emissions MOST WIDELY KNOWN INCINERATOR POLLUTANTS OF CONCERN <ul><li>LEAD </li></ul><ul><li>ACIDIC GASES </li></ul><ul><li>PARTICULATE MATTER </li></ul><ul><li>POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS (PAHs) </li></ul><ul><li>DIOXINS* </li></ul><ul><li>PCBs* </li></ul><ul><li>CADMIUM* </li></ul><ul><li>ARSENIC* </li></ul><ul><li>CHROMIUM </li></ul><ul><li>MERCURY </li></ul>Source: National Research Council, 2000. Waste Incineration and Public Health, Washington, DC: National Academy Press
  9. 9. INCINERATION: Cost Costs of recently built incinerators <ul><li>CAPITAL COSTS </li></ul><ul><li>2009 US proposal for $700 million (STOPPED) </li></ul><ul><li>2000 ton facility in Netherlands: $500 million </li></ul><ul><li>Two recent incinerators in Japan: $808 million and $658 million </li></ul><ul><li>COST TO COMMUNITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Detroit, MI saddled with $1.2 Billion Debt </li></ul><ul><li>Harrisburg, PA considering bankruptcy - $67 Million per year payments </li></ul>
  10. 10. INCINERATION: Burning Valuable Resources Over 90 % of discarded materials burned in incinerators or dumped in landfills can be re-used, recycled or composted The rest probably should probably not be made in the first place: toxic, poor design
  11. 11. Incineration & Environmental Justice
  12. 12. INCINERATION: Climate Pollution Incineration produces more CO 2 per unit of electricity generated than coal power U.S. EPA
  13. 13. INCINERATION: Carbon Intensive Source: U.S. EPA, 2007,
  14. 15. LANDFILLS : KEY ISSUES Methane is 72X more climate destructive than Carbon Dioxide over a 20 year period <ul><li>2 nd Largest Source of Methane in U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Leachate of toxins </li></ul><ul><li>Fires </li></ul><ul><li>Evaporation of Toxic Organics </li></ul><ul><li>Disposal of Hazardous Waste </li></ul><ul><li>Social Inequity (Regional) </li></ul><ul><li>Waste of Resources </li></ul>
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  16. 17. Stuff = 42% of U.S.GHG Emissions
  17. 18. <ul><li>Impact of a national zero waste policy: </li></ul><ul><li>Shutting down one-fifth of U.S. coal power plants </li></ul><ul><li>Taking half the US cars off the road </li></ul>“ Stop Trashing the Climate” Report Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Eco-Cycle and GAIA June 2008
  18. 19. Solutions: Turning Waste to Work Recycling provides a minimum of 10 times as many jobs as landfills/incineration Source: Institute for Local Self-Reliance,
  19. 20. Current Recycling Jobs 1.1 million jobs nationally (as of 2001) 85,000 jobs in California 37 Billion dollar industry San Francisco leading the U.S. with 75% recycling rate Aiming for Zero Waste by 2020 Source: Recycling Economic Information Study, R.W. Beck, 2001
  20. 21. Who decides ? Key Questions Two Models for Decision Making Who Are the Real Experts? Citizens & Workers Solution Ask Experts to Design Solution Citizens can live with Decision Makers Experts Solution Public Hearings PUBLIC PR etc. Persuade public that the solution is good for them
  21. 22. Climate Policy: Cap and Trade RE Standard: Biomass, WTE, LFGTE
  22. 23. There are over 15 million waste workers around the world Stop the Privatization of Waste
  23. 24. Dangerous Industry <ul><li>10x more likely to die on job </li></ul><ul><li>Average of 125 members of the public die each year </li></ul><ul><li>45-60 Sanitation workers die every year </li></ul><ul><li>41% more fatal crashes than other work vehicles </li></ul>
  24. 25. The Recycling Works! campaign brings together waste workers, community and environmental justice activists to create recycling programs that generate good jobs, combat climate change, create energy independence, and revitalize community health.
  25. 26. World’s Largest Incinerator US Social Forum Detroit Mass Demonstration In Solidarity with Communities around the World
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