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Did you know that up to 83% of the land of the Canary Islands are at risk of desertification? Just 1 kg of organic matter, such as the compost we can obtain from our organic waste, could help retain up to 20 liters of water in the soil. Organic matter is more than 40% of our urban solid waste yet is not composted or used effectively in any way...

Incinerators such as the ones the government is intending to build are simply an excuse to burn organic matter and plastic packaging so they do not have to compost or recycle it. Incinerators need large amount of waste such as tires and containers that produce a lot of energy in order to remain energy efficient. As such this will be the perfect excuse to justify not recycling these items and just burn them in the incinerator! What most people don't realise however, is that when we pay for any packaged product we are paying for the recycling of it, recycling that will not happen if the incinerators are installed.

Additionally, incinerators also need to burn dry organic matter. As such, this means that many of the plants that already exist on the islands will be used, dehydrated and burnt, when they could have been used for compost!

The number of jobs created by the recycling industry are 12.3 times greater than that generated by incineration. In addition, compared to the 50 euros per tonne paid today to manage the waste normally, if installed we will pay 3 to 4 times more to use the incinerator (between 175 and 185 euros per ton).

The decision to impose an incinerator, once implanted, no longer has a return because of its high cost and requirements and it will end with any chance of a compost program being put to place.

The great majority of incinerators, including state-of-the-art incinerators, produce serious pollutants during the combustion of rubbish that threaten terrestrial and marine biodiversity. Incinerated waste does not disappear, but is transformed into highly toxic slag, whose deposits will have to be managed and financed for centuries...

The Government of the Canary Islands is considering the possibility of diverting some 150 million euros from Canary Islands, and another 150 million euros from the EU Cohesion Funds, to buy and install two incinerators: one in Tenerife and the other in Gran Canaria...

If we receive European money for the expensive incineration project we will not be able to receive it for reduction, composting, recycling projects. Some Canarian institutions are proposing to take by boat the waste of six islands: La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Graciosa, to be burned in the two central islands, Tenerife and Gran Canaria... Well, all these statements are true.

At this moment the Government of the Canary Islands is trying to guarantee the availability of European funding for the future implantation of incinerators in the Islands...

Ask the Government of the Canary Islands to definitively abandon the intention to install incinerators, and to redirect its policies towards the reduction, composting, recycling and reutlisation of waste.

SIGN HERE: https://www.change.org/p/gobierno-de-canarias-contra-la-incineraci%C3%B3n-de-residuos-en-canarias?recruiter=18165583&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_abi.pacific_post_sap_share_gmail_abi.gmail_abi&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial.pacific_post_sap_share_gmail_abi.gmail_abi&recruited_by_id=6ec62bb0-eea7-012f-66ac-4040f855b16c

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