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When Waste Disappears, or More Waste Please!

Alexander, Catherine

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Energy-from-waste plants in places like Britain were designed help reduce waste and carbon emissions, but they have had unintended side-effects. As Alexander’s essay shows, turning waste into energy does not liberate us from waste itself. On the contrary, the very energy plants that have made waste “disappear” by recasting it as a resource have, paradoxically, led to an increase of waste: in order to operate a new generation of large energy plants, demand for waste has risen and a tendency to ship waste to fewer and ever larger plants has set in.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 3, 2016
Online Publication Date Apr 3, 2016
Publication Date Apr 3, 2016
Deposit Date Aug 3, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 5, 2018
Journal Rachel Carson Center perspectives
Print ISSN 2190-5088
Electronic ISSN 2190-8087
Publisher Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Pages 31-39
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