Waste and incineration


To the Editor:

My name is Gretta Hehre and I am from Vineyard Haven. I am currently a senior studying communication at UMass Amherst and am a recent member of the UMass chapter of MASSPIRG, a statewide environmental and consumer organization that works to bring crucial issues to the attention of citizens of the state.

One issue that we are working on is a campaign for zero waste in Massachusetts. Something that people might not have heard of is that the state senate of Massachusetts is considering lifting a 22-year-old ban on new trash incinerators being built in the state. Every year in Massachusetts, 5.4 million tons of trash is already being landfilled and burned. The state proposes that building new incinerators is part of their “Zero Waste” master plan, but I don’t think burning trash is getting rid of waste. It seems like a step backwards.

We should all continue to reduce, re-use, and recycle, in order to achieve a true goal of zero waste in the future. I feel thankful that I am from acommunity where environmental consciousness is part of the overall mentality. I write this letter to let the community know about a state policy that could affect the environment that we all care about.

Gretta Hehre

Vineyard Haven