In Europe, Backlash Heats Up Over Garbage Incinerators

Trash-burning facilities once seemed like a useful way to minimize pollution and generate power. But the EU is withdrawing support over emissions concerns.

This story originally appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

For decades, Europe has poured millions of tons of its trash into incinerators each year, often under the green-sounding label “waste to energy.” Now, concerns about incineration’s outsized carbon footprint and fears it may undermine recycling are prompting European Union officials to ease their long-standing embrace of a technology that once seemed like an appealing way to make waste disappear.

The EU is in the process of cutting off funding for new

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