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No waste incineration in cement kilns

By Joan Martínez Alier.

Mariel Vilella reports on November 14, 2014 that “last weekend we gathered in Barletta, Italy, to put waste incineration in cement kilns on the spot once more. It was a very exciting and inspiring meeting of community leaders, NGOs, waste experts and policy-makers that was a success of participation and achieved a significant media impact. This was the first step in the path towards wide and strong coordination of local struggles on this front and we hope to continue working on this direction. Please do get in touch for further details and get involved!!”.

In the EJOLT Atlas we have a few of such cases of conflict, local inhabitants complaining in Slovenia, Mexico, Spain and elsewhere against waste incineration by cement factories.

The event had an enormous success of participation, with more than 200 people attending the talks given by community leaders, NGOs, waste experts, and policy-makers on the various issues surrounding waste incineration in cement kilns and the main solutions around zero waste alternatives.

It received extensive press coverage in local newspapers and television and all of the organizers, including Movimiento Legge Rifiuti Zero Puglia, Zero Waste Italy, Zero Waste Europe and GAIA – Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, celebrated its outcomes.

Precisely, the gathering was a chance to strategize and plan further coordination at the European level amongst the various groups working on this front and resulted in the elaboration of a manifesto that will be made public in the coming days.

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