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MPIRG Report - HERC - Reevaluating Waste Management in Minneapolis

MPIRG Report - HERC - Reevaluating Waste Management in Minneapolis

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When HERC was approved and built in the late 1980’s, it was assumed to be a short-term alternative to direct landfilling while other programs and capacities were developed. Recycling and composting were assumed to eventually take away the need for the Center itself. Separate from the desires of Covanta, the HERC facility was intended not as a waste management solution, but rather a placeholder for technologies to come.

Today, we have the technology and information to understand - more than those involved in the original construction of HERC ever could - just how deep the impacts of incineration are and just how poorly we are doing at recovering materials. Decision makers need to reevaluate whether HERC is a necessity for an era where nearly everything being incinerated could be diverted from the waste stream into already established processes for reclaiming materials.
When HERC was approved and built in the late 1980’s, it was assumed to be a short-term alternative to direct landfilling while other programs and capacities were developed. Recycling and composting were assumed to eventually take away the need for the Center itself. Separate from the desires of Covanta, the HERC facility was intended not as a waste management solution, but rather a placeholder for technologies to come.

Today, we have the technology and information to understand - more than those involved in the original construction of HERC ever could - just how deep the impacts of incineration are and just how poorly we are doing at recovering materials. Decision makers need to reevaluate whether HERC is a necessity for an era where nearly everything being incinerated could be diverted from the waste stream into already established processes for reclaiming materials.

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Minnesota Public Interest Research Group
Fall
13
Hennepin Energy Recovery Center [HERC]:
Reevaluating Waste Management in Minneapolis
 
A Minnesota Public Interest Research Group Report
Authors: Emma WrightJoshua Winters, MSRyan Kennedy
 
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Foreword
 
A special thanks for this report goes to Emma Wright for her tireless work in doing theprimary research and drafting this report. Additional thanks goes to Dakotah Johnson,Jamison Tessneer, Joshua Winters (MS Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy), andRyan Kennedy for their thoughtful feedback and guidance in the development of this report.
 
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