U.S. Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators: An Industry in Decline

The incineration industry that grew in the 1970s is now in decline for environmental and economic reasons. Read about community impacts of incinerators and why they are not the energy of the future.

Trash incinerators are an uncertain future in the US. They have short lifespans and do not provide for the economic needs of communities while they pollute the environment and harm human health, especially in vulnerable communities.

The industry benefits from public subsidies while it is not a sustainable form of energy or waste management. Incinerator companies function poorly off of tipping fees, contracts, and tight profit margins, which is why we have seen many close in recent years.

The poor economic conditions of the incineration industry as well as its negative environmental and health impacts on local communities are causing a decline in the presence on incinerators.