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When waste disappears, or more waste please!

Alexander, Catherine (2016) 'When waste disappears, or more waste please!', RCC perspectives: transformations in environment and society., 1 . pp. 31-39.


Energy-from-waste plants in places like Britain were designed help reduce waste and carbon emissions, but they have had unintended side-effects. As Alexander’s essay shows, turning waste into energy does not liberate us from waste itself. On the contrary, the very energy plants that have made waste “disappear” by recasting it as a resource have, paradoxically, led to an increase of waste: in order to operate a new generation of large energy plants, demand for waste has risen and a tendency to ship waste to fewer and ever larger plants has set in.

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Date accepted:03 April 2016
Date deposited:05 September 2018
Date of first online publication:03 April 2016
Date first made open access:28 February 2023

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