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Village - 01/12/05
Friends of the Earth condemn EPA decision on incinerators

The Progressive Democrats must now prevent Government waste policy heading down an historical cul-de-sac. In their 2002 election manifesto the PDs said "incineration is essentially a twentieth-century technology, a generation of technology which we in Ireland have never embraced ... we have the opportunity to solve our problems without using mass-burn incineration. We should take that opportunity."

This is a test of whether the PDs will stand by their own enlightened policy on incineration or simply follow Fianna Fail policy. Incinerators are a recipe for waste generation rather than waste reduction. Once built they are monsters that have to be fed. Local authorities get locked into long-term contracts to provide a minimum amount of waste or face penalties. Deciding to build incinerators before most people even have adequate and convenient recycling opportunities for many materials is simply absurd.

Incineration is the worst kind of "end of pipe" solution to the challenge of efficient use of resource in the 21st century. It is an admission of failure when we should be looking to the economic opportunities available in the better use and re-use of resources all along the line from extraction to post-consumption treatment.

Friends of the Earth

Dublin 2,


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