Stop the Lake County Incinerator - Act Before January 27

From: Chris
Sent on: Friday, January 29, 2010 10:18 PM

Many of you may not live in Lake County but know people who do – in that case please help us make this go viral by forwarding it to them.


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:

Diana O’Kelly, David Stolman, Melinda Bush, Bonnie Carter, Ann Maine, Craig Taylor, Terry Wilke

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Here is the message:

I  do not want incinerators in the Lake County Solid Waste Disposal Plan because:

  1. Incineration poses health risks to our region from its toxic emissions and toxic ash.
  2. Incineration costs more than land-filling.
  3. There are better options for disposing of our waste, including increased recycling.
  4. 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.
  5. Incineration facilities are too expensive: $400 - 700 million.
  6. 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.
  7. Land- filling and incineration create fewer jobs compared to recycling and Zero Waste initiatives.
  8. The least polluting incinerator technologies are unproven. The North Shore Sanitary District's incinerator is a failure.


More Details:

  • 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.

Even 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 ash.

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