Burning issue: Are waste-to-energy plants a good idea? | Environment | The Guardian
To the Editor, Guardian:
Re the Australia-related article “Are waste to energy (WTE) plants a good idea?”, twenty years of in-depth studies at Columbia University have shown that…not only it is a good idea but it is the only practical idea for avoiding wasting land, metal, and energy resources, by landfilling post-recycling urban wastes. The idea of some people and organizations that WTE power plants take away from recycling is not supported by any scientific evidence and, in validity, ranks next to the denial of climate change: The nations who have already eliminated landfilling (e.g. Denmark, Germany, NL, Japan, Singapore, etc. etc.) have done so by a combination of recycling and WTE.