While no one is actively trying to use and throw away more stuff on purpose, some of us more than others are succeeding in reducing, reusing and recycling the physical items that come into our lives and this reduction in waste is great. But where do you aim your efforts to really make a dent in creating less waste, knowing that the impacts of our waste already cast a long shadow on our shared world?
To that end, we are happy to serve on the County's Zero Waste Task Force in partnership with other local leaders. The work to be done here dovetails with the on farm composting plans we helped guide with the County earlier this year. There is also a push to close the "waste-to-energy" facility in Dickerson that is long past it's planned life and a safety concern given the Covanta fire last year. MCA's board received a presentation from Mike Ewall of The Energy Justice Network about how all the promotion of incineration as a "clean and green" option for non-recyclable waste is not accurate and hides some very toxic byproducts. Landfills of course are not much better- it's time to reduce our waste at its source as there are currently no good options for these non-recyclable materials.