Faced with the waste crisis that the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA) is going through, the organizations Salud sin Daño, the Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN), the Citizen Anti-Incineration Coalition, the Global Alliance for Alternatives to Incineration ( GAIA) and Greenpeace Argentina denounced that the mismanagement of waste policy in recent years cannot be presented as an excuse to endorse an illegal and polluting technology such as incineration.
This technology, also known as Waste to Energy, not only violates the Zero Waste Law (No. 1,854) that prohibits this practice, but is also a dirty and non-renewable energy source that puts the health of neighbors at risk with compounds toxic and carcinogenic, and only in the area of the city of Buenos Aires could directly impact more than five thousand jobs linked to the recycling chain.
“The news released this weekend by the CEAMSE and the City Government in relation to this issue seek to pave the way to propose the return to waste incineration, an old practice that generates air pollution and can affect health and the quality of life of the population ”explained Andrés Nápoli from FARN. “Almost nothing has been advanced, for example, in the use of organic and recyclable waste. There is a recovery industry to sustain, strengthen and develop ”.
In November 2017, the organizations sent a letter to the authorities of the national government, the province and the city of Buenos Aires, expressing their concern regarding the progress of the government's plans to build at least seven waste incineration plants in the AMBA, and promoting the strengthening of recycling and composting as a solution. (one)
With the burning of waste, they indicate, it would seek to cover the lack of political will of the successive governments of the City of Buenos Aires to comply with the Zero Waste Law, approved in 2005. This regulation urged the City to a progressive decrease in the amount of garbage sent to the sanitary landfills of the Province. Twelve years after the enactment of the law, the City should not exceed 357,000 tons of buried waste; However, according to official data, 1,101,202 tons were disposed of in 2017, three times more than what is required by law.
(1) Letter sent to the authorities of the government of the Nation, Province and City of Buenos Aires: www.greenpeace.org/argentina/ Global / argentina / 2018/01 / Carta_Marcos_Pena_v2.pdf