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Cleveland Public Power is proposing to build agarbage incinerator at the Ridge Rd Transfer Stationon Cleveland’s West Side. It would involve thecooking of trash at high temperatures and therelease of toxic pollutants into the air, in a processknown as “gasification.” As proposed by the city, this new incinerator wouldbecome one of the largest air polluters in CuyahogaCounty, releasing soot, lead, mercury, dioxin, andother pollutants into the air. The technology beingproposed is not in use for this purpose and scaleanywhere in the United States, so there are nomodels to compare it with.
What garbage would be burned in the incinerator and what would be recycled?
The city says its goal is to recycle “up to 25%” of Cleveland’s waste, and to burn most of the rest of it. The goal of 25% is extremely low compared to other cities throughout the country and inNortheast Ohio. Even the Commissioner of Solid Waste says that up to 62% of Cleveland’s trashcould be recycled. Clevelanders are asking, “why is the city holding the recycling program hostage tothe incinerator?” Recycling and reuse programs create more jobs than incineration.
Earth Day Coalition,
3606 Bridge Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113 • 216-281-6468
Environmental Health Watch,
3500 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113 • 216-961-4646
Ohio Citizen Action,
614 W Superior Avenue, Suite 1200, Cleveland, OH 44113 • 216-861-5200
NE Ohio Sierra Club
- Coal & Energy Committee,
PO Box 476, Avon, OH 44011 • 216-245-1073
WRITE MAYOR FRANK JACKSON
Please write Mayor Frank Jackson and let himknow why you oppose the city’s plan to build anew garbage incinerator on Ridge Road.Letters are best when written in your ownwords, but here are some points you maywant to include:
Cleveland does not need a new source of airpollution of mercury, lead, and soot.
The City should concentrate instead onrecycling, composting, and reusingresources.
Clevelanders should not become guinea pigsfor unproven technology.
601 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114
Please send a copy of your letter to your City Council representative at 601 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland,OH 44114 and to: David Hearne, Cleveland Division of Air Quality, 75 Erieview Plaza, Suite 200,Cleveland, OH, 44114 (letters sent to Mr. Hearne by February 23 will be considered as part of the “official” public comment for the Ohio EPA air pollution permit.)Hundreds of residents of Cleveland and neighboring suburbs have attended public meetings in Januaryto voice their opposition to this proposal.
Wednesday, February 8 – Cudell Recreation Center 6-9 p.m., 1910 West BoulevardThursday, February 9– Harvard Community Services Center 6-9p.m.18240 Harvard AvenueWednesday, February 15 – West Side Ecumenical Ministry 6-9 p.m. 5209 Detroit Avenue