REGARDING THE state’s proposal to adjust the moratorium on new advanced waste incinerators, it is important to make several distinctions when considering how to best deal with landfill scarcity. Recycling and waste reduction are the number one priority, and expanded efforts are under review. But with landfills filling up, and with a number of solid waste streams containing energy content, clean and efficient use of these waste streams is important to consider.
The Department of Environmental Protection is not proposing to lift the 20-year moratorium on incinerators that use traditional combustion of solid waste. The proposal is a limited modification of the moratorium to allow the demonstration of new technologies that convert municipal solid waste into energy or fuel more efficiently and with reduced emissions.