December 6, 2013
NTN has released a new report exposing the push towards unsustainable waste to energy technology across Australia. ‘Burning waste for energy: it doesn’t stack up’ examines the policy push and technology proposals driving this industry. It also assesses the ‘green power’ claims made by the incineration industry. The report finds it’s not rational to burn waste and fore go opportunities for simpler solutions that are rich in social investment and provide for longer term ecological benefits such as recycling and composting. These are options that generate much higher employment, save energy, water, boost agriculture and maximize resource recovery. A key strategy that achieves all of these goals is the Zero Waste model. Zero waste models invest in ‘cool’ technologies and green jobs, maximizing resource recovery through enhanced recycling and composting schemes and can deliver sustainable resource recovery with maximum landfill diversion rates and provide for longer term public health and environmental benefits.