Recycling and landfill beat incineration in greenhouse league

The environmental benefits of waste-to-energy (WTE) incineration have been questioned by a study prepared for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).1 The study concludes that burning municipal waste in an "average" WTE plant causes slightly higher greenhouse gas emissions than disposal to landfill - while waste reduction at source and recycling emerge much more favourably than both on global warming grounds.

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