WTE will make our county sick

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Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Nicole Orr
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Date Published: 11/05/211

am still befuddled by the fact that this WTE idea is still moving forward. It’s not only about the estimated $1 billion that will be spent to build, fix, retrofit and maintain the thing. It’s also about finding 1,500 tons of trash a day to feed it. Burning garbage to produce energy is highly inefficient. Recycling recovers three to five times more energy than incineration produces. Once that can, bottle or newspaper is burned, its life cycle is over. Modern technology has enabled us to reuse our natural resources. Burning them is taking a huge step in the wrong direction. Americans are recycling more, manufacturers are touting their green products made from recycled materials and the federal government has enacted Executive Order 13101 — Greening the Government Through Waste Prevention, Recycling, and Federal Acquisition. We are teaching our kids to reduce, reuse, recycle, and they are. This Board of Frederick County Commissioners is building a machine that does not account for the level of waste reduction we will achieve in the future.