Target: Alan Kelly, Minister of Environment
Goal: Stop the construction of a gigantic hazardous waste incinerator
Ireland is currently constructing Europe’s largest waste incinerator. Waste incineration is a dirty and toxic way to rid of waste. Incinerating waste does not instill the important values of recycling or reuse. Although Ireland’s incinerator will not operate until 2017, now is the time to defend the health of local residents as well as the quality of the surrounding environment by requesting an end to the construction of this expensive and hazardous waste incineration plant.
Activists have fought the construction of the Poolbeg incinerator for seven years. Unfortunately, construction on this 750-million-dollar incinerator started this year. Waste incineration should not be seen as a better alternative to landfill waste disposal. Incinerators create tons of toxic ash that eventually find their way into landfills. This ash contains heavy metals and dioxins and is too toxic for reuse. The Poolbeg incinerator will burn 600,000 tons of waste annually. The plant will produce 10,000 tons of toxic bottom ash each month.
Incinerators contribute to climate change by emitting greenhouse gases and undermining waste prevention and recycling. The most common greenhouse gases associated with the incineration process are carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide. The presence of these gases in our atmosphere speed up the effects of climate change. Incinerators do not support a healthy or sustainable world. Incinerators encourage further resource extraction and production rather than reusing and recycling. Incinerators are a step in the wrong direction for future waste management.
By signing this petition, you are urging Ireland’s Minister of Environment to stop the construction of Europe’s largest waste incinerator.
Dear Minister Kelly,
Waste incineration is not a sustainable waste disposal process for our world. Incineration creates tons of toxic coal ash and emits hazardous greenhouses gases into our atmosphere. Incinerators should not be seen as an alternative to landfills. The Poolbeg incinerator will produce 10,000 tons of toxic coal ash a month, which will have to be diverted to a landfill. The greenhouse gases it produces will worsen the irreversible effects of climate change.
The Poolbeg incinerator is not the right way to reduce waste in our modern world. We need to support a sustainable form of waste management, such as recycling. Reusing material is easier on the environment than constantly trying to support production demands by new resource extraction. The millions of euros used for building this incinerator could be used for an environmentally friendly recycling program.
Please take action to stop the construction of the Poolbeg waste incinerator. The incinerator undermines recycling efforts, increases greenhouse gas emissions, and produces tons of toxic ash.
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