Governor Maura Healey’s administration to stand by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s previous conclusion that the WIN Waste Innovations ash landfill cannot be expanded.
Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion
Systemic racism, discriminatory barriers, and racial violence cause immense hardship and suffering for people across the country and the world. That includes the disproportionate impacts BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities and low-income communities face from pollution, climate change, and the waste crisis.
Environmental justice communities constantly face corporate polluters who push their way into spaces that aren’t their own. Their agenda? To make a profit burying or burning trash. And the only way corporations can do that is by building waste facilities in communities with little money, little power, and low English-speaking proficiency. The fact is, you will never find a proposal for a large landfill or an incinerator in a wealthy, white community.
Most plastic was never designed to be recyclable, and it will never be recycled. We can’t keep trying to manage plastic waste. We need to look for solutions that hold polluters accountable and shut off the plastic production pipeline.
Deceptively named false solutions like “advanced recycling,” “chemical recycling,” and “molecular recycling” are nothing more than a magic act. Fossil fuel giants use smoke-and-mirrors to pretend that they’ve somehow made single-use plastics “sustainable.” But in reality, “advanced recycling” is just a different way to burn plastic.