Don’t greenwash trash!
350 Salem OR is working with other environmental and health organizations in the Clean Air Now Coalition to shut down the Covanta Marion Incinerator in Brooks, Oregon.
Covanta is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Marion County.
The incinerator also emits toxins such as heavy metals and dioxin, known to be detrimental to human health and the environment. Covanta incinerates hazardous medical waste as well, including out-of-state medical waste.
There are sensible, lower-cost solutions for garbage disposal. If Covanta closes, the county could take waste to Coffin Butte Landfill north of Corvallis. This state-of-the-art landfill already takes West Salem garbage. Sending trash to a landfill rather than burning it would be less expensive, eliminate a significant public health hazard, and create fewer greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change. A Zero Waste program would divert most of the solid waste to reuse, recycling and composting.
Covanta’s energy is neither clean nor renewable. 350 Salem OR and our allies are pushing back.