Join us in telling all the Ministers for the Environment that burning waste is BAD for the environment and what’s bad for the environment is BAD for the people. Let’s fill their inboxes to protect our environment! Start writing and start fighting!
Sussan Ley MP Minister for the Environment https://minister.awe.gov.au/ley/contact/contact-form
Terri Butler MP Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Kean Minister for Energy and Environment
And copy us in on email@example.com
Why not tweet them to and let them know you wrote a letter as well?
(Sample letter that we encourage you to add your feelings to so as to make it personal)
Are you committed to meaningful and smart solutions to ensure future generations of Australians have clean air, clean water and clean soil? If you are, then you cannot support waste incineration as an energy source or as a waste management strategy.
A rapidly growing number of the NSW community are very concerned about proposals for four incinerators that will impact the Greater Sydney area. I implore you to do the right thing and oppose the four incinerators planned for Lithgow, Matraville, Blacktown and Eastern Creek
The case is building in Australia and globally against waste to energy incineration. In 2018 a Waste to Energy Incinerator was rejected by the Independent Planning Commission due to the impacts to air quality and risks to human health, as well as the development not being in the public interest. Last week the ACT Government committed to rule out any incineration of waste as a source of energy or waste management. In the past two years countries in Europe have continued to move away from Waste to Energy Incineration due to air quality and health concerns.
On World Environment Day I want you to be aware of the research on the hazardous pollution emitted from Waste to Energy Incinerators that will impact our environment for years to come.
Incinerators generate large volumes of greenhouse gas emissions for the energy they produce – more polluting than coal or oil-fired power stations. In 2016, U.S. waste incinerators released the equivalent of 12 million tons of carbon dioxide, more than half of which came from plastics. In a US EPA study, electricity generated by incineration produced 1.36 tonnes of CO2 per kWh, compared to coal-fired generation which produces 1.02 tonnes of CO2 per kWh. https://ntn.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/NTN-waste-to-energy-incineration-report-2013.1-1.pdf
Denmark—the poster child of Europe’s incinerator industry—recently discovered that its incinerators were releasing double the quantity of carbon dioxide than originally estimated, and had probably been doing so for years, causing Denmark to miss its Kyoto Protocol GHG reduction targets. https://www.plasticsinfomart.com/plastic-surgery-for-copenhagens-recycling-policy/
Incinerators are currently called ‘renewable energy’ by the industry and eligible for greenhouse credits, which is used to prop up their expensive financial model. Waste incineration for energy capture is not a ‘renewable’ source of energy; it is an extractive industry that burns waste made from virgin resources (such as plastics, which are made from oil). These greenhouse credits should be going to industries that actually reduce emissions.
Finally, waste-to-energy plants have the potential to emit low levels of highly toxic and persistent pollutants such as dioxins, corrosive gases, and heavy metals such as mercury. Of particular concern are dioxins, these highly toxic pollutants are known as ‘persistent organic pollutants’ because they resist breaking down and accumulate in animals and the environment.
On World Environment Day I call on you to support the environment NOT waste to energy incineration.