Thursday, August 05, 2010

Should Future Energy Options Include Burning Waste?:

As we desperately search for energy options for the future, the lure of convenience, Climate Change, and protecting our environment should be part of the dialogue. Take burning trash for example. We should not burn trash simply because it is convenient. This will always be a lure, because it’s a relatively easy solution. People like to burn things rather than take the trouble to separate and recycle them. But, can we really contain the impurities that trash gives off?

Also, when we burn waste there will be greenhouse gases produced and this must be considered in this time of Climate Change. We need energy solutions that don’t heat up the planet. Also, we should consider whether a product can be reused and thus save a natural resource before we just up and burn it. There are more considerations on burning waste and this article explains them:

Is Burning Trash Bad? - “The growing popularity of modern waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities in Europe and Asia has many in America asking: is burning trash bad? We’re not big burners here in the U.S., but we’ve been known to light up some litter from time to time. The majority of our waste is buried in landfills, while 31 percent is recycled, but there are currently 90 waste-to-energy facilities operating in the country that torch 14 percent of our trash and convert the heat into electricity. It is important to talk about zero-waste in local government and to adopt zero-waste as a goal,” Wilson says. “It doesn’t mean we’re going to be at zero-waste tomorrow, but the only way to reach that goal is to set it.” (August 2, 2010) - Find Recycling Centers and Learn How To Recycle

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