Wednesday, January 23, 2008

"To Incinerate or Not to Incinerate"

From Alternatives Journal, 2007

The article presents a debate between Richard Gilbert and Mark Winfield concerning the significance of incineration. Gilbert believed that incinerating waste is a better environmental solution than landfilling. He suggested that the waste management system's objective should be to lessen material flows and potential waste. He pointed out that high costs for incineration and landfill can be good if they shorten material flows and encourage or support recycling. Winfield argued that the widespread incineration would not eradicate the need for landfill. This suggests that debate presentation as incineration versus landfill is misleading. He agreed to Gilbert's view that increasing the cost of waste disposal will improve the economic diversion viability.


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