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Trash Incineration is the Most Expensive Way to Manage Waste

"Waste-to-energy is an additional capital cost.  That is not in dispute, compared to a landfill... compared to a landfill, which is a less capital-intense structure – it is more expensive.  If you had a landfill next to a waste-to-energy facility, then almost in every case, you would think the landfill is going to be cheaper."

-Ted Michaels, President, Energy Recovery Council (the trash incinerator industry's trade association), March 18, 2013 testimony before Washington, DC City Council (see video at 1:44)



Source: National Solid Waste Management Association 2005 Tip Fee Survey, p.4.