If you missed the last one, you can make up for it by coming out tonight.

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Mon, April 1, 7-9:30pm // RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2560677170628279/

Swarthmore College in Scheuer Room in Kohlberg Hall (m ap; park in Dupont parking lot here).

This meeting is for Delaware County residents to reorganize the DelCo Alliance for Environmental Justice, to end the flow of county trash to the nation’s largest trash incinerator: the Covanta Delaware Valley facility in Chester, which is taking waste from Philly, New York, New Jersey and many other states.

Food will be provided. All are welcome.

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BACKGROUND:

The City of Chester, PA, just southwest of Philly in Delaware County, has long been known as one of the nation’s worst cases of environmental racism. Home to many industrial polluters, the largest air polluter in the city is the nation’s largest trash incinerator, Covanta Delaware Valley, which burns up to 3,510 tons of trash per day. It’s the 3rd largest air polluter in the entire 5-county Philadelphia area.

Philadelphia has two waste contracts that run out mid-summer: one with the nation’s largest incineration company, Covanta, and another with Waste Management, the world’s largest waste corporation. The one with Waste Management has waste going to many landfills, but some also to a “Specfuel” plant in NE Philly that removes metal and glass, then sends the rest (mostly paper and plastic) to be burned in any of the five cement kilns in the Lehigh Valley, north of Allentown.

Philly has a misguided policy that preferences incineration, even though it’s far more polluting than landfills, and still sends ash to landfills, making them more toxic. Philly also uses the incinerators in Montgomery and Bucks Counties that are the largest air polluters in their counties.

Since October, half of Philly’s source-separated recyclables (all except that from NW and NE Philly) are been shipped to Covanta’s incinerators in Chester (Delaware County) and in Plymouth (Montgomery County) to be burned. We need to stop the burning of Philly’s waste and recyclables — ESPECIALLY the waste, because there’s a lot more of that, and the burning of recyclables is temporary.

PHILLY’S NEW WASTE CONTRACTS: Philly’s Streets Department accepted bids last month for where to sent Philly trash for the next 7-20 years. The pro-incineration Streets Department is going to pick one or more contractors and submit it to City Council for a vote of approval in April or May. We need to stop this, either at the mayor/Streets Department level, or at City Council very soon.

The city has PLENTY of landfill options that are just as convenient and affordable. PA is awash in extra landfill space, which is why it’s being filled up with trash from NY, NJ and many other states. There’s no need to keep burning Philly trash or recycling. At least 40% of the city’s trash is being burned, and 50% of the materials separated for recycling are being burned.

DELAWARE COUNTY’S WASTE CONTRACT was renewed in 2017 to keep burning in Chester for another five years, which means the county can change course within a few years.

FOR MORE INFO…

See my testimony before Philly City Council in December: http://www.ejnet.org/chester/2018-12-12testimony.pdf
Also, see http://www.energyjustice.net/pa/philly and http://www.chesterresidents.org