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[GreenYes] Garbage is NOT Renewable Energy
- Subject: [GreenYes] Garbage is NOT Renewable Energy
- From: Gary Liss <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 15:13:22 -0800
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Apologies for Cross-postings
"Eric Lombardi" <email@example.com>
Subject: [GreenYes] please spread the word ... don't buy garbage-based
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 13:38:06 -0700
GRRN has launched a new campaign about buying ?renewable energy credits?
(REC?s) that are NOT from garbage-based energy, such as landfill gas or
incineration. The campaign, ?Garbage is NOT Renewable
Energy?, is described briefly in the press release below, which I would
encourage everyone to forward to anyone you know that is buying
REC?s. Also, send folks to the GRRN website where there is a
LOT more good technical information on this topic.
For Immediate Release--
Friday, September 14, 2007
National Movement to
Stop Buying Energy from Garbage:
Zero Waste Advocates say renewable energy credits may be supporting
the destruction of natural resources and the polluting practices of
burning and burying garbage.
The GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN) warns that
well-meaning public and business leaders working to offset their carbon
emissions may be inadvertently spending money on renewable energy credits
(RECs) that support the destruction of natural resources and the
polluting practices of burning and burying garbage.
Landfill and incineration industries have lobbied to have the greenhouse
gas emissions from their facilities considered "green energy,"
worthy of tax credits similar to the ones given to solar and wind energy
projects. In fact, "garbage-to-energy" is now being legally
classified in numerous states as a "renewable" energy source.
Eric Lombardi, GRRN Board President says ?This is in direct
opposition to the goal of the Zero Waste Movement -- to eliminate waste,
not enshrine it as a renewable resource.?
Board Member Carly Weir says ?Giving tax credits and
subsidies to the garbage industry competes against wind, solar and
recycling projects, and creates a financial reward for producing garbage
and destroying natural resources. In the battle against climate change,
we need to act decisively against waste and greenhouse gas emissions by
eliminating, not just reducing these sources, and giving priority to
clean, carbon-free energy.?
asserts that ultimately reducing waste is still the best decision for the
environment and the economy. Communities and institutions would be better
served by committing to zero waste goals and keeping compostable organics
out of the landfill in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Additionally consumers and institutions can purchase RECs from carbon
offset companies that provide waste-free energy.
has a list of waste-free carbon offset and renewable energy providers
along with action steps for college and institutions at
more information visit
for facts and supporting documentation.
For quotes or information contact:
Lombardi, GRRN Board President (303)
Carly Weir, GRRN Board Secretary (970) 668-5703
Linda Christopher, GRRN Executive Director (707)