THE Global Alliance for
Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Asia Pacific said waste-to-energy (WTE)
facilities proposed for the Philippines are effectively incinerators, fueled by
municipal waste, that release toxic chemicals into their immediate
“WTE is simply waste
incineration in disguise. It burns tons of municipal wastes to generate a small
amount of net energy while emitting massive amounts of toxic pollutants and
greenhouse gases,” Jorge Agustin O. Emmanuel, a Silliman University expert on
managing waste, said at a GAIA briefing.
GAIA is a network of over 800
environment groups in over 90 countries.