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European gathering against waste incineration in cement kilns

Europe opposes the incineration of garbage in cement kilns

. Cement kiln waste incineration is once again listed as one of the biggest obstacles to zero-waste solutions. It is also a major source of pollution that seriously affects the environment and public health. Kiln in Barletta, Italy (see show).

The event was a huge success, with more than 200 people participating in speeches given by community leaders, NGOs, waste experts and policy makers on the various problems of cement kiln waste incineration and the main solutions for zero waste alternatives.

It has received extensive news coverage in local newspapers and television (see below for news clippings), and all organizers, including Movimiento Legge Rifiuti Zero Puglia, Zero Waste Italy, Zero Waste Europe and GAIA-Global Alliance for Alternatives to Incinerators, celebrate its Results.

To be precise, this gathering is an opportunity for further coordination of strategies and plans among various groups working in this area at the European level, and finally a declaration, which will be announced in the next few days.

Cement Kiln Waste Incineration: Zero Waste Obstacles and Pollution Sources

"Waste incineration in cement kilns is the biggest obstacle to achieving zero waste," Paul Connett, Professor Emeritus of St. Lawrence University in New York, said in a keynote speech. Connett believes that waste incineration in cement kilns is unsustainable and does not save energy like reuse and recycling. In fact, this industrial practice emits toxic emissions into the air containing mercury, lead, cadmium, and thallium, as well as other heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants. In addition, cement plants usually reintroduce the fly ash and bottom ash generated during the combustion process into the cement. This basically means that buildings built with this kind of cement are highly toxic and pose a threat to people and the environment.

Regarding the public’s protection of toxic emissions, Professor Connet pointed out that even with strong regulations, adequate monitoring, and consistent law enforcement, it is impossible to control the incineration of cement kiln waste or any other combustion of dioxins, furans or toxic metals. Nanoparticle plants. Air pollution control equipment cannot effectively capture nanoparticles, which can travel long distances, suspend for a long time, and penetrate deep into the lungs, as cited in scientific literature such as this and this.

"I am opposed to garbage incineration in special facilities, but when you incinerate garbage in a cement kiln, you are taking it away from professionals and giving it to amateurs!" Professor Connet mentioned more and more Concluded when the more interest. The cement industry provides municipalities with waste disposal services and becomes a real incinerator.

Agostino di Ciaula, a representative of the International Association of Environmental Doctors in Puglia, also emphasized that cement plants may not be able to burn waste more than traditional incinerators.

When analyzing the emissions from cement plants, di Ciaula concluded: “The emissions of pollutants from cement incinerators are much higher. If they come from incinerators, they would be illegal!”. Di Ciaula also reported some scientific studies on the impact of toxic emissions on public health, especially on the impact of nitrogen oxide emissions (here, here, and here), PCB compounds (various studies: here , Here, here, here, here), and the increased impact on children (here), and reminded that PCBs are neither systematically monitored nor regulated.

Interestingly, di Ciula also warned of the misleading influence of industry on scientific research. For example, although key researchers from the Toxicology and Environmental Laboratory of the University of Rovira i Virgili (URV) have published several reports denying any potential hazards from incineration, the institute is not the same as cement and incineration in the same Catalan region. The industry has close ties, as described on their own website. In fact, Uniland Cementera S.A., one of the cement companies cooperating with the research center, has been seeking permission to burn used tires at its Catalan plant, but it has met with strong opposition from the local community.

Affected communities: testimony to be heard

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of this event was the opportunity to hear testimony from several communities in Italy and across Europe who faced waste incineration in cement kilns at their doorsteps and participated in the transformation of local waste management systems. Achieve zero waste.

First, Sabrina Salerno of Movimiento Legge Rifiuti Zero Puglia talked about the situation in Barletta, where a cement plant close to the town may start burning 65.000 tons of waste per day. This is a shocking contradiction in a town that recently implemented door-to-door collection to increase recycling rates and reduce residual waste. Among other actions, Movimiento Legge Rifiuti Zero and Zero Waste Italy is launching a petition to the European Parliament against the use of refuse-derived fuels as clean energy. Other representatives from all over Italy fought a similar struggle in Monselice (Veneto), the local cement plant was questioned in the European Parliament for toxic emissions, and Gubbio (Umbria) successfully blocked the cement in the local opposition Waste from the plant has been incinerated for many years. Other presentations referred to similar situations in Trapani (Sicily), Lazio (Rome) and Galatina (Puglia).

The European show started with the Plataforma Anti-Incineració de Montcada i Reixach “Montcada Aire Net”, which is leading a campaign against the cement plant owned by Lafarge on the outskirts of Barcelona. The speaker showed how toxic dust from plants can accumulate in their homes and affect public health, especially in the area where there are higher rates of respiratory diseases, premature puberty and cancer. The community has been leading the coordination of the national community network to oppose waste incineration in cement kilns, and last year celebrated the fifth national gathering.

For the past ten years, the Eko-Krog collective in Slovenia has also been protesting against the possibility of burning garbage at a factory in Trbovre by Lafarge.Although many victories have been achieved in the process and widespread public support against this approach, the cement industry still intends to burn waste and has started fighting many times due to different permits and resolutions.

In the UK, Lillian Pallikaropoulos has been leading the campaign against the cement plant owned by Cemex in Rugby for the past ten years. The factory is in the city, burning waste and tires without proper supervision and environmental permits. The case was submitted to the court, but unfortunately, the court failed to win the case against the cement plant and accused Ms. Pallikaropoulos of bearing all the costs of the legal proceedings. This has been appealed in the European Court of Justice and is awaiting resettlement.

Serbia also attended the meeting with the Kosjerić-based non-governmental organization Egrin. Since 2006, the cement plants in Holcim and Lafarge have been burning waste. Branislav Despotov believes that cement plants are increasingly making major profits by burning hazardous waste instead of producing cement, as shown in this article.

The way forward: Connecting the local and global levels on the road of zero waste.

Last but not least, one of the most exciting speeches in this gathering was delivered by Erika Oblak, Slovenian Zero Waste Coordinator of Ecologists Without Borders. Slovenia’s zero-waste strategy has been taking a big step forward, culminating in the recent announcement of Ljubljana as the EU’s first zero-waste capital, which was celebrated and inspired by all participants.

To be precise, speakers such as Rossano Ercoloni, President of ZWE and founder of Zero Waste in Italy, reminded that the zero waste path should not include waste incineration activities, let alone in cement kilns. Enzo Favoino, Chairman of ZWE Science, said: “We have proven and effective alternatives to incineration. He talked about how to achieve a zero waste strategy in dealing with residual waste.”

"In fact, we are in the #ageofdeccommissioning stage of incinerators, and we cannot allow waste to be promoted as an'alternative fuel' for fossil fuels," concluded Mariel Vilella, deputy director and meeting host of ZWE. "It's time to coordinate our efforts at the local and global levels so that we can ensure that our story inspires and strengthens all other communities facing similar threats in Mexico, India, South Africa and around the world," she said.

In 2015, everyone enthusiastically celebrated another international event, and more events and further plans will be announced soon.

News and TV reports

Television – TG Norba – Barletta Rifiuti Zero

TV – AMICA 9 – Barletta | Meet Internazionale Rifiuti Zero

Television – Teleselva – No alla burne dei rifiuti nei carboneifici: convegno a Barletta

Newspaper Online Barletta Live

October 20-no all'incenerimento rifiuti, meeting with Barletta International

October 31st – Incenerimento rifiuti, arrivano gli esperti europei «Barletta esempio di sviluppo control l’ambiente»

November 7th – Barletta palcoscenico europeo, al via il meeting internazionale su incenerimento rifiuti

November 9th-Incenerimento rifiuti, danni gravi a sal

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