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lettes | Mass. confronts a burning question

Recycling trash still beats incineration

I APPLAUD Beth Daley for covering the state’s consideration of lifting its moratorium on waste incinerators (“Plan to burn waste opposed,” Page A1, Dec. 31). She rightly points out that a huge amount of recyclables, banned from disposal by state law, end up in disposal facilities anyway, with no consequences. However, she also refers to the technologies the state is considering as “new.”

I have worked on solid waste issues for 30 years and know that gasification technologies have been around at least as long. These technologies are anything but new, and the fact that few have been built speaks to their lack of feasibility.

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