Background[ edit ] In the United States, the first report to draw a relationship between race, income, and risk of exposure to pollutants was the Council of Environmental Quality's "Annual Report to the President" inin response to toxic waste dumping in an African American community in Warren County, NC. General Accounting Office GAO issued a report on the case inand the United Church of Christ UCC commissioned a report exploring the concept in drawing a connection between race and the placement of the hazardous waste facilities. Corporations in the Global North often produce dangerous chemicals banned in the United States and export them to developing countries, or send waste materials to countries with less stringent environmental laws. CBA contributes to environmental racism through the valuing of environmental resources based on their utility to society.
Sincethe country has adopted a ban on putting biodegradable waste in landfills. This has resulted in a number of waste-to-energy plants appearing across the country.
Burning waste has become so popular in Sweden that sometons of garbage a year has been imported to help produce energy and heating for many of its cities. How Does It Work? While waste-to-energy incinerators are popular in Sweden, they have remained a controversial topic among American environmentalists.
There is much debate over waste burning in the US, as many fear that it will slow recycling rates and increase air pollution. However, research in Sweden has shown that these issues have not turned out to be issues at all.
During the burning process, steam is created which turns a turbine and produces up to 18 megawatts of electricity. Byproducts, like bottom ash, is sorted for metals and recycled as fill for construction projects, like roads. Air emissions are cleaned through a series of filters and come out below the permitted pollution level.
Many experts claim that waste-to-energy plants are the cleanest and most efficient of its kind in the country.
In addition, it is compatible with other forms of waste disposal, like recycling. It likely has to do with money. There are many cheaper forms of energy and cheaper ways to dispose of waste in the U.
Should America Burn Its Waste? Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, North America has over 3, landfills, a solution that is not sustainable considering the average American throws away more than seven pounds of garbage a day.
While our landfills grow, the debate continues to rage about finding a more sustainable solution. Currently, 77 waste-to-energy plants operate in 29 states, burning about 12 percent of the U. However, due to high operating costs, regulation hurdles, and resistance, the last plant to be built in the U.
Many argue that North America should take a similar approach to Denmark, which opts for small-scale plants that contribute to a sense of neighborhood pride. This encourages people to recycle so fewer rings are released.
Perhaps more communities in the U. We not only reduce, reuse, and eliminate waste at our corporate office, but we also encourage our customers to do the same.
We help them make a more positive impact on the environment by analyzing their waste processes, determining what can be eliminated, and helping them find better alternatives. Our waste management experts help clients find the right equipment for waste reduction and elimination.
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