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The Lake County Board committee on solid waste disposal may
vote to include an incinerator in the 5 year plan. This is a BAD idea for all
of the reasons listed below – and there are GOOD alternatives!
If you live in Lake County please e-mail the committee members
with the message below - personalize it if you want to and please be sure to
let them know that you are a resident of Lake County. Thanks! Chris
This is easy
– cut and paste the following message into an e-mail to the members of
the Lake County Board members who are on the Solid Waste Plan committee.
PLEASE ALSO MAKE SURE ALL YOUR LAKE COUNTY FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS KNOW ABOUT
THIS – OUR HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN IS AT STAKE.
Here are their
names and e-mail addresses:
O’Kelly, David Stolman, Melinda Bush, Bonnie Carter, Ann Maine, Craig
Taylor, Terry Wilke
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Here is the
do not want incinerators in the Lake County Solid Waste Disposal Plan
- Incineration poses health
risks to our region from its toxic emissions and toxic ash.
- Incineration costs more
- There are better options
for disposing of our waste, including increased recycling.
- Incinerators that generate
electricity emit more CO2 than similar output coal-fired power plants.
The electricity generated is rarely, if ever, sufficient to justify the huge
upfront investment and the requirement that the County cover the cost of
operation of the incinerator through put or pay contracts.
- Incineration facilities
are too expensive: $400 - 700 million.
- A "put or pay"
contract guarantee to deliver waste to the incinerator would be required
by the incinerator company. That would preempt increased recycling and
other better options and could end up costing me more in taxes.
- Land- filling and
incineration create fewer jobs compared to recycling and Zero Waste initiatives.
- The least polluting
incinerator technologies are unproven. The North Shore Sanitary
District's incinerator is a failure.
- Incinerators and
incinerator-like technologies have been added to the 5- year Solid Municipal
Waste Plan. If incinerators are approved and in the solid waste plan, it
will be much more difficult to oppose lucrative and wasteful proposals.
Let's keep them out of the plan and focus on better options.
- At least 30% of the waste
entering the incinerator leaves it in the form of toxic ash, which still
requires a landfill for long-term disposal.
- Emissions from incinerators
can travel cross-county.
- Incinerators are a
disincentive to locate new businesses and residents in our county.
- When materials are
landfilled or incinerated, everyone loses valuable materials and resources
that can be recycled instead.
- Incinerators lower property
values in the immediate vicinity.
- These incineration
technologies are not good sources of energy. Compared to incineration,
three to four times more energy can be saved by a combination of reuse,
recycling and composting.
if Lake County chooses to incinerate, we will still need landfills for the
materials which are not allowed to be incinerated by law, and for the toxic