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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Environmentalists are calling for a boycott of a Maryland beach town until it starts sending its waste to a local landfill instead of a majority-Black town in Pennsylvania.

Trash from Ocean City is being shipped to Chester, Pennsylvania, a majority Black town 130 miles to the north, The Baltimore Sun reported. Ocean City stopped recycling in 2010 and chose instead to burn trash to create energy.

But incinerators like the one in Chester, and those in Baltimore, are coming under criticism for the pollution they create. Environmentalists say the trash-burning operation just adds to the environmental and socioeconomic woes besetting Chester, a majority-Black community.

Ocean City’s contract with the Chester incinerator, operated by waste management company Covanta, expires at the end of December, and environmental groups hope the town will not renew it. Covanta also owns the Harrisburg incinerator.

“Why should 33,000 people bear the brunt of other communities’ comfort?” said Zulene Mayfield, founder of Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living. “Right now, it’s comfortable for Ocean City to send it to Chester.”

A new contract with higher prices for Ocean City is likely to be signed in July, said Ocean City City Clerk Diana Chavis.

“I feel like it is recycling and it’s producing energy,” Chavis said. “I’ve been to the landfill and I see what it looks like — and I’d rather not have that.”

Environmental groups argue the energy generation is less efficient and more polluting than other energy sources, even coal. At the end, the ash heads for landfills anyway. And incinerator emissions, which can exacerbate asthma and other health conditions, cause unique harm for the neighborhoods where they are located.

In the case of Ocean City, activists are promoting the use of the Worcester County landfill, which offers a rebate for recyclables. In a recent month, the county charged localities like Snow Hill and Berlin an average of $71.54 per ton to landfill their trash. Meanwhile, Ocean City is in talks to pay Covanta $88 per ton to haul its garbage from the 65th Street transfer station up to Chester, according to emails obtained through a public information request by The Energy Justice Network and The Baltimore Sun.

In Baltimore, activists dismayed by the city’s decision last year to sign another 10-year contract with its own incinerator, the Wheelabrator plant in Curtis Bay, are taking a similar approach, which they’ve dubbed “starving the beast,” said Shashawnda Campbell, member of the South Baltimore Community Land Trust.

Campbell said she’s continued to fight for environmental solutions in part because she knows what it’s like to live in a community like Chester. She recalled walking into a classroom at her former high school, and watching most of the children raise their hands when asked who was suffering from asthma.

“At the end of the day,” she said, “all of these communities have to stand together.”

Sours: https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/07/environmentalists-want-boycott-of-ocean-city-maryland-over-trash-sent-to-black-majority-town.html

Ocean City sends trash to burn in a community of color hours away. Advocacy groups are urging the town to stop.

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CHESTER, PA. — After they’re thrown away in Ocean City, empty cups of Thrasher’s fries, candy wrappers and old beach toys make their way 130 miles north to the town of Chester, Pennsylvania, where they are incinerated.

The arrangement has been in place for nearly a decade, since two years after the beach town stopped recycling in 2010, embracing instead what officials call the new recycling — burning trash to create energy.

But incinerators like the one in Chester, and one in Baltimore, are facing intense criticism for the pollutants they emit. And environmentalists say the trash-burning operation just adds to the environmental and socioeconomic woes besetting Chester, a majority-Black community where the poverty rate is nearly three times the national average.

Ocean City’s contract with the Chester incinerator, operated by waste management company Covanta, expires at the end of December, and environmental groups hope the town will not renew it. They’re urging vacationers to boycott Ocean City until the town reinstates recycling and starts sending its waste to a local landfill instead.

“Why should 33,000 people bear the brunt of other communities’ comfort?” said Zulene Mayfield, founder of Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living. “Right now, it’s comfortable for Ocean City to send it to Chester.”

The campaign has placed Ocean City, a beach town that swells in the summertime to become one of Maryland’s largest cities, at the center of a bitter environmental debate, and in the crosshairs of determined environmentalists, from lifelong activists to high school students.

But they face an uphill battle. A new contract with higher prices for Ocean City is likely to be signed in July, said Ocean City City Clerk Diana Chavis. And the beach town, booming with pandemic-weary travelers, appears undeterred.

“I feel like it is recycling and it’s producing energy,” she said. “I’ve been to the landfill and I see what it looks like — and I’d rather not have that.”

Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan’s spokesperson and several other town officials did not respond to requests for comment for this story, except to confirm that the town’s contract with Covanta will expire in December.

“I think what we do works. It saves the town quite a bit of money,” Meehan said during a preelection town hall last year.

Still, some residents take matters into their own hands, driving a few miles off the peninsula to dump recyclables at a county drop-off site, and setting up a private composting program, all in the name of diverting waste from Covanta’s fires.

Lined with narrow brick homes with spacious front porches, Thurlow Street in Chester ends before a chain-link fence, beyond which looms the white Covanta incinerator building and its towering exhaust stack.

This is where Mayfield arranged a meeting with the man in charge of the struggling city’s finances on a cloudy Saturday in June. She wanted to make sure he could see — and smell — the beast she’s been battling for nearly 30 years.

As Michael T. Doweary, who’s managing the city’s receivership, spoke to the assembled crowd of about 15, the odor of garbage wafted toward the group. Every few minutes, a truck roared down the drive less than a football field away, toward the incinerator and its neighbor — a regional wastewater treatment plant.

“When they originally started, they would come down this street,” Mayfield told him. “That was one of the triggers for our group forming, basically because of the things that we could see, hear and smell.”

Back then, Mayfield and her neighbors didn’t know as much about the particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and dioxins escaping the plant’s smokestack. But the plant’s impact on their livelihoods was clear. They thought twice about opening windows on cool spring days, about sitting on porches to converse with neighbors — all because of the foul smell and stream of garbage trucks.

“Certain times of the day — the morning — the air is pathetic,” said Ruth Richardson, a longtime resident. “You can really smell all the waste coming through all the homes.”

Zulene Mayfield, center, founder of Chester Residents Concerned For Quality Living, of Chester, Pennsylvania, speaks during a community meeting. The community is near the Delaware Valley Resource Recovery Facility, a waste-to-energy incinerator owned by Covanta Holding Corp.

Comparing landfills and incinerators requires a difficult calculus: weighing globe-warming methane emissions from burying trash against harmful dioxins and other chemicals released by burning it.

Companies that run incinerators, which they dub waste-to-energy plants, tout their programs to recycle metals extracted from burned trash, and to create energy from the steam produced.

But environmental groups argue the energy generation is less efficient and more polluting than other energy sources, even coal. At the end, the ash heads for landfills anyway. And incinerator emissions, which can exacerbate asthma and other health conditions, cause unique harm for the neighborhoods where they are located — often, like Chester, communities of color.

In the case of Ocean City, activists are promoting the use of the Worcester County landfill, which offers a rebate for recyclables. In a recent month, the county charged localities such as Snow Hill and Berlin an average of $71.54 per ton to landfill their trash, although that fee doesn’t include trucking to the landfill. Meanwhile, Ocean City is in talks to pay Covanta $88 per ton to haul its garbage from the 65th Street transfer station up to Chester, according to emails obtained through a public information request by The Energy Justice Network and The Baltimore Sun.

That cost could increase steadily through 2026, when it would reach $97.14 per ton, said Hal Adkins, the city’s public works director, in one email. Adkins could not be reached for comment on the emails.

During the town hall last year, Meehan and the five members in attendance from Ocean City’s seven-person council said they approved of the town’s incineration contract. Some called it a recycling program, although plastics and other recyclable materials aren’t rescued from the incinerator.

Mostly, though, the officials cited cost savings from doing business with Covanta, and flagging demand for recyclables overseas. Councilman Frank Knight said it saves an estimated $1.5 million a year.

“I would not support bringing back traditional recycling,” Meehan said in the town hall, adding that the contract with Covanta allowed Ocean City to forego trash trucks required to transport waste to the landfill.

The officials’ pronouncements at the town hall frustrated Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips.

“I’m embarrassed to say I’m from Ocean City when I watch that,” she said. “That is just total denial on their part, and they need to go spend a month up in Chester, Pennsylvania.”

‘They figure they can put anything in Chester’

In 1986, with Philadelphia-area landfills nearing capacity, Delaware County contracted with Westinghouse to build a waste-to-steam plant in Chester.

By then, Chester’s population had been diminished by a postwar flight to the suburbs and a rapid loss of industrial jobs, and the city was feeling the effects.

The Rev. Commodore Harris, a police sergeant in Chester, lambasted the county for the deal, writing: “They figure they can put anything in Chester because it’s poor and destitute ... [it’s] mostly black, and they figure they’re just going to come in here to dump their waste ... and let the toxic fumes engulf the people.”

The plant opened in 1991, and Mayfield and others have been fighting it ever since.

While Ocean City represents just 2% of the waste heading to the incinerator, activists say the call for a boycott is also about raising awareness. The campaign even attracted the support of high school students in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Pujitha Masireddy, a Chester County 17-year-old.

She said some other students have talked with her about skipping trips to the beach. She was concerned, however, about Facebook comments she read calling for a reverse boycott of Chester, including one that asked: “Why does everything have to be about communities of color?”

”I was a little bit taken aback, but that’s just one of the hurdles that we need to overcome,” Masireddy said.

Of late, the plant has had some troubles. Online records show it was fined $73,000 in April by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The fine covered a series of violations from 2017 to 2020, during which monitoring for carbon monoxide was found several times to be inadequate. For two days last June, the plant lost power to its emissions controls. Plant officials said they immediately quenched the burning trash, but environmental officials estimated that tons of nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide and carbon monoxide escaped nonetheless.

Covanta spokesman James Regan said the power loss was out of the plant’s control, and sometimes the near-continuous emissions monitoring required by law isn’t possible due to maintenance and other needs. He maintained the plant is safe for the community, and a way to ease methane emissions until better waste disposal solutions are developed.

“In 2021, nobody wants anything with a stack,” Regan said. “We all want clean renewable energy sources, waste to be 100% recyclable, but, you know, the reality of the situation is that we’re really not there yet.”

Twice a week, Garvey Heiderman picks up bins full of corn husks, pizza slices and shrimp tails from five of Ocean City’s most popular restaurants with his truck.

He hauls them across Assawoman Bay to a massive compost pile on a Bishopville farm.

The donation-funded program is in only its third year, but Heiderman, who owns the Hobbit Restaurant, alongside Go Green OC founder Josh Chamberlain, is hoping to expand it. There’s already a waitlist of interested restaurants, they said. Even some locals have signed on to dump household food waste into the restaurant bins.

Josh Chamberlain, founder of Go Green OC, dumps food waste into a pile for composting at a farm a few miles from Ocean City. That day, volunteers collected a record 1,918 pounds of compost.

“If we really get businesses involved, we could see a huge reduction in trash, and that’s what the incinerator relies on,” Chamberlain said. “They rely on Ocean City, Maryland, in the summer, because everywhere around them people go on vacation and there’s a dip in the waste stream.”

The duo say they don’t support a boycott, though they sympathize with the people of Chester. They worry it would hurt beach businesses still reeling from COVID-19, and might not stop the city from incinerating, they said.

“I’m much more of a positive, proactive guy, like: ‘Hey, let’s create a solution to the problem. Let’s not just throw people under the bus,’” Heiderman said.

Meanwhile, some Ocean City locals are determined to wrest recyclable goods from the flames, so much so that they drive several miles to a Walmart in Berlin, where they divvy plastics, glassware and paper goods among a series of green dumpsters.

Among them is Rich Brown, who said he carts his recyclables there partially from force of habit.

”We still want to recycle, because we’ve been recycling for what? Thirty years?” he said.

Curbside recycling might be easier, he said. But, at least for now, the Walmart isn’t inconvenient, not the least because a shopping trip is usually needed anyhow.

In Baltimore, activists dismayed by the city’s decision last year to sign another 10-year contract with the Wheelabrator plant in Westport, are taking a similar approach, which they’ve dubbed “starving the beast,” said Shashawnda Campbell, member of the South Baltimore Community Land Trust.

At the moment, that includes pushing for the construction of a composting facility to service Baltimore.

Campbell said she’s continued to fight for environmental solutions in part because she knows what it’s like to live in a community like Chester. She recalled walking into a classroom at her former high school, and watching most of the children raise their hands when asked who was suffering from asthma.

“At the end of the day,” she said, “all of these communities have to stand together.”

Sours: https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/environment/bs-md-boycott-ocean-city-chester-pennsylvania-incinerator-recycling-20210701-g5qs3737gff4zmlufxaoztyioa-story.html
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Worcester Landfill Fees On Rise

SNOW HILL – Beginning in January, landfill fees will increase for Worcester County residents.

Homeowner waste disposal permits, which allow residents to use the county’s central landfill and various Homeowner Convenience Centers, will cost $100 in 2015.

John Tustin, director of Worcester County Public Works, says the increase is an effort to cover operating costs for the department.

“Even at $100, in my mind it’s a bargain,” Tustin said. “We’ve kept the permit fee at a low rate. It’s a service we offer to the community.”

Residents were previously able to purchase one vehicle permit for $60 and a second for $15. For $100 in 2015, they will receive two vehicle permits.

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In an effort to provide an option for residents who don’t use the landfill often, the county is also launching a new “pay as you throw” option. Instead of buying a vehicle permit, homeowners can purchase tags, at a cost of $1 each, to attach to each 33-gallon trash bag they dispose of. Tustin said the program, which is in use in other areas, treats trash disposal like other utilities.

“Households pay a variable rate depending on the amount of solid waste disposed of,” he said. “This creates a direct economic incentive to recycle more and dispose less waste because the less individuals throw away the less they pay.”

Bags larger than 33 gallons can be disposed of through the program as long as two tags are affixed to them. Tags, which are purchased in sheets of five, do not expire.

Yard waste is not included in the program, however, and can only be disposed of by those with the standard vehicle permit.

Tustin hopes the new program serves the needs of those who don’t want to face an increased permit fee.

“We wanted to give it a shot to give residents an alternative,” he said.

County officials are hoping that the permit fee increase — the second in recent years — will help chip away at the substantial solid waste operating costs.

“It’s always been a problem,” Tustin said. “Over the last several years with the loss of revenue from Ocean City we’ve been in the hole.”

He said county officials were investigating long-term answers to the problem but declined to elaborate.

Tags and homeowner permits for 2015 can be purchased at any of the three following locations: Worcester County Treasurer’s Offices, located in the Worcester County Government Center in Snow Hill and the Isle of Wight Office in Bishopville, and the Worcester County Landfill in Newark.

Sours: https://mdcoastdispatch.com/2014/12/30/worcester-landfill-fees-on-rise/

Facilities

Map of solid waste and recycling facilites.

  • Berlin Homeowners Convenience Center - 410-641-4910
    9636 Mill Haven Road, Berlin, MD 21811

    7:30 am - 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Sunday
    Closed on Wednesdays.
    Closed New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.
  • The Central Landfill (for Homeowners and Recycling only) - 410-632-3177
    7091 Central Site Lane, Newark, MD 21841

    ​7:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Saturday
    Closed on Sundays
    Closed New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.
  • PocomokeCityHomeowners Convenience Center - 410-957-3044
    Byrd Rd. Pocomoke City , MD 21851

    7:30 am - 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Sunday
    Closed on Wednesdays.
    Closed New Year’s Day, Good Friday,  Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.
  • Snow Hill Homeowners Convenience Center - 410-632-1786
    Holly Rd. (Behind Tyson Feed Mill) Snow Hill , MD 21863.

    7:30 am - 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Sunday
    Closed on Wednesdays. Closed New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.
Sours: https://www.co.worcester.md.us/departments/publicworks/waste/facilities

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Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan 2017-2026

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ATTENTION:  HOMEOWNER CONVENIENCE STATION PERMIT HOLDERS
Effective January 1, 2016 and until further notice, yard waste will no longer be accepted at the Berlin Convenience Station.  This is in accordance with the Maryland Department of the Environment’s consent order for the cap and closure project of the Berlin rubble fill. Yard waste is still accepted at the Newark Central Landfill with a current household permit.
Central Landfill is open Mon. – Sat.  8 AM – 4 PM.  Closed Sundays.
Central Landfill is closed on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Solid Waste Division is a self-funding division. Usage of the homeowner convenience stations requires the annual purchase of a homeowner permit, or utilizing the new Pay As You Throw (PAYT) program. The PAYT bag tags are $1.00 for one bag of household waste up to 33 gallons.  Convenience Station permits are $100.00 for the first two vehicles in the same household. Additional permits are $100.00 each. The annual permits are effective January 1 - December 31. The annual homeowner permits can be purchased at the Treasurer’s Office in Snow Hill and Isle of Wight Office, Central Landfill, or through the mail.

Bulk items, such as furniture and appliances, must be disposed of at the Central Landfill.  Construction debris, such as drywall, decking, shingles and carpeting must also be disposed of at the Central Landfill with construction/demolition tipping fees applied.  Usage of the County Landfill scales is operated through a pay-as-you-go or commercial account. There is a tipping fee of $75 per ton for household trash and $80 per ton for demolition and construction materials disposed at the Central Landfill. One of the responsibilities of this division is to see to the proper disposal of all refuse with the use of heavy equipment. Employees travel to the homeowner convenience stations within the County to remove all refuse brought in that day. It is then carried to the Central Landfill where it is placed on the landfill hill to be buried.

In addition, the County Commissioners, instituted a recycling program within the County. Recycling bins are placed in strategic locations throughout the County and their contents are picked up, delivered to the central landfill, sorted, and sold. Because of the increased recycling efforts, the County recently built a new recycling building at the Central Landfill. Consequently, the Department will be looking at new and inventive ways to recycle.

The Department administers a County-wide community outreach program in place to teach recycling within the schools, County Government, civic organizations and the citizens of Worcester County. Employees in this division operate heavy equipment and trucks, monitor homeowner convenience stations, recycle and maintain the operations to comply with Maryland Department of Environment regulations. There is a Solid Waste Advisory Board that works closely with the Superintendent. Employees in this division are all considered essential employees and can be called in to work for any given emergency, whether it be snow, hurricane, etc.

  • Berlin Homeowners Convenience Center - 410-641-4910

9636 Mill Haven Road, Berlin, MD 21811

7:30 am - 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Sunday
Closed on Wednesdays.
Closed New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

  • The Central Landfill (for Homeowners and Recycling only) - 410-632-3177

7091 Central Site Lane, Newark, MD 21841

​7:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Saturday
Closed on Sundays
Closed New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

  • Pocomoke City Homeowners Convenience Center - 410-957-3044

Byrd Rd. Pocomoke City , MD 21851

7:30 am - 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Sunday
Closed on Wednesdays.
Closed New Year’s Day, Good Friday,  Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

  • Snow Hill Homeowners Convenience Center - 410-632-1786

Holly Rd. (Behind Tyson Feed Mill) Snow Hill , MD 21863.

7:30 am - 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Sunday
Closed on Wednesdays. Closed New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

Division Superintendent

Mike Mitchell
Solid Waste Superintendent

[email protected]
Phone: (410) 632-3177
Fax: (410) 632-3000

Sours: https://www.co.worcester.md.us/departments/publicworks/waste
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OCMD FAQ


What does Ocean City do to be "green"?
We could not be more proud of our resort town!  They do a lot and should be applauded for such incredible work:
• Storm Drain Cleaning, Beach Cleaning (cost of almost $1 million!), Street Sweeping - year round efforts
• Beautification Committee
• Established a volunteer-based Dune Patrol, where residents clean and inspect their local dunes year-round and are part of bi-annual beach clean ups.
• Hosting volunteer beach cleanups
• Partners in Coastal Bays Program
• Developed a Homeowner’s Guide to the Coastal Bays, including topics such as Green Gardening and Native Planting, recycling rules, and healthy housekeeping practices.
• Citywide clean up in Spring and Fall (picked up for free!) - Cost $200K
• Pickup white goods (refrigerators, washing machines, etc)
• Installation of LED lighting throughout the town
• Conducted energy audits on a dozen town buildings in 2015.
• 20% of the town's electric power supply comes from renewable sources. (100% is renewable energy)
• Retrofit Program for existing stormwater infrastructure
• Member of the Maryland Green Registry
• Run a Green Team (see below) to focus on environmental issues
You can find more here and here.

What is the Green Team?
The Coastal Resources Legislative Committee (or Green Team) was established in 2001 as a forum to help keep the Mayor and City Council informed of issues and concerns that would impact the environmental and natural resources of the Town. Anyone can attend. We attend every meeting.

Does Ocean City Maryland currently participate in traditional recycling (cans, paper, glass, etc)?
No.  Recycling was discontinued in 2009 after the financial crisis.  

Is Ocean City's recycling website accurate? (Link Here)
Absolutely not.  The very first line of the website states "A unique means of landfill avoidance" - this is a lie.  Incinerating trash creates toxic ash landfills (worse than regular landfills).  They also state that they "chose to make beneficial reuse of the waste for electricity generation".  This is a misleading statement.  When they "generate electricity" they create tons of air pollution and hazardous ash.  That's only the beginning.  

How much did it cost to run a recycling program in Ocean City?
FY2009 actual cost = $1,493,394.73

Was the recycling program single or dual stream?
Dual

How did Ocean City collect recyclables (2009)?
Seven days a week for commercial bars/restaurants; residential/condos 5 days/week

If they don't participate in traditional recycling, where does the trash go?
Since 2010, nearly 90+% of their trash is sent off to be incinerated by a company called Covanta 4Recovery.  Read more about this particular Incinerator here. About 33,800 tons of solid waste was processed by Covanta from Ocean City in 2017 and less than one percent is landfilled.

Does Ocean City have any recycling equipment left over?
Yes, they have a $250,000 cardboard bailer in storage.

How much does Ocean City pay to incinerate trash?
$64.18/ton.  About 33,800 tons of solid waste was processed by Covanta from Ocean City in 2017 costing roughly $2,170,000.

When does the contract with Covanta expire?
12/31/2021

Tell me about the trash incinerator that Ocean City uses.
You can read more here. It’s the largest trash incinerator in the nation, and lacks two of the four main pollution control devices that most incinerators have, making it the largest air polluter in the City of Chester, PA and the third largest air polluting facility in the 5-county Philadelphia metropolitan region.  The waste is used to generate electricity (watch a video to learn more).

What do they do with the ash from incinerators?
Ash goes to the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority’s Rolling Hills Landfill in Berks County, PA. 10% by volume. 30% by weight. Learn more about ash here.

If incineration is bad and landfills are bad, what is the right way to discard waste?
It's right here.  We want to cut use of landfills by at least 90%!  Communities like San Francisco are well on their way.  Our solutions involve maximizing source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and putting an end to trash incineration. But we can't do it without volunteers and support from town officials.  

If you haven't already, learn more about the trash incinerator that burns your waste.

Ocean City is a wonderful place...with wonderful caring locals and officials. A place that balances well so many old and new fashioned ideals. Now it’s time for more balance...on environmentally friendly programs like recycling, supporting ocean friendly restauranting, and learning about the much higher bars of zero waste initiatives (video).

We encourage you to do your own research. Start with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance or Energy Justice Network. Contact us with questions.  

Sours: https://www.gogreenwithoc.org/thefacts

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