Magazine article New Internationalist

World's Largest Incinerator Shuts Down

Magazine article New Internationalist

World's Largest Incinerator Shuts Down

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In June 2010, some 1,500 activists protested against the world's largest waste incinerator, in Detroit. The protesters came from all over the US and western Canada, as well as from neighbouring communities. Under the banner of Clean Air, Good Jobs & Justice for All, speakers from a diverse range of organizations stood in solidarity to voice their opinion: that the incinerator should be replaced with recycling. Towards the end of the march in the late afternoon, a theatre group acted out a mock pull-down of an incinerator.

Not only was the incinerator one of the largest waste polluters in the county, it was also an asthma hazard for Detroit residents. Brad van Guilder of the Ecology Center branded it 'a financial failure, an environmental failure, a public health failure, a public services failure, a city budget failure - a failure by undermining the fundamental needs and rights of the people of Detroit.'

Four months later, on 1 October, Detroit's incinerator stopped accepting waste and a week later was shut down completely - for economic reasons, according to Covanta Energy, the owner of the incinerator. …

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