Across the U.S., outdated waste systems that bury or burn trash persistently harm people, our climate, and the environment. Living about a mile from the Southbridge Landfill in central Massachusetts, my family, my community, and I know this all too well.
Burning trash is an expensive scam. For decades, incineration companies have charged excessive fees to burn mixed household and commercial waste – draining public money intended to support clean energy. And now, fossil fuel giants want to use pricey trash-burning gimmicks to justify huge increases in plastic production. These companies claim they use technology that generates “renewable energy,” or reuses plastic in “innovative” ways. But that’s not the truth.