Welcome to our virtual headquarters. Incinerator-Free Lake County is a grassroots effort made up of concerned citizens of Lake County, Illinois, who have a learned a lot about garbage in a very short time. We formed in November 2009 to oppose the addition of mass burn incinerators and alternative waste-to-energy technologies to Lake County’s 5-year Solid Municipal Waste Plan. We asked the County Board to remove these technologies from the plan, and instead take a more forward-looking approach to dealing with the county’s waste through increased recycling and composting. Today we are working with our county as part of a recycling task force in order to move towards a higher recycling and landfill diversion rate.

10 reasons not to have an incinerator

Reason #1: Harmful to public health

Reason #2: Regulations don’t ensure safety

Reason #3: A track record plagued by malfunctions, explosions and shut-downs

Reason #4: Not compatible with waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting

Reason #5: Expensive and financially risky

Reason #6: Waste-to-energy is a waste of energy

Reason #7: Deplete resources and permanently damage the natural environment

Reason #8: Contribute to climate change and undermine climate-friendly solutions

Reason #9: Require large investment, but create few jobs compared to recycling and composting

Reason #10: Incineration is avoidable and unnecessary.

Excerpted from  An Industry Blowing Smoke  JUNE 2009
AUTHOR:  David Ciplet
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
1958 University Avenue  Berkeley, CA 94704
510-883-9490 • www.gaiaglobal

Any part of this report can be reproduced and distributed in unaltered form for non-commercial use with proper acknowledgement.  Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA). All rights reserved.

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