Why do we not agree with waste incineration in cement factories
Waste management is based on the priority of waste management, namely: 1. prevention of waste generation, 2. reuse preparation, 3. recycling, 4. other processes for recovery, eg energy recovery, and 5. disposal of waste.
Waste incineration is in the waste management hierarchy at the farthest place. Waste incineration is directly opposed to the first principle of responsible waste management “REDUCE”, since burners / cement plants would be competitive and marketable, it is necessary to be constantly full of fuel or waste. In this way, we are encouraging the build-up of the consumer mentality, which is one of the key causes of today’s pure environmental condition and the exhausted and destroyed natural resources.
The Environmental Impact study of the facility for the reception, temporary storage and fueling of waste for the factories at Sv Juraj and Sv Kajo, is foreseen to incur 142,560 tons of fuel annually. Today, the amount of communal waste disposed in the Split-Dalmatia County area amounts to approximately 158,000 tons, when we are not even close to fulfilling the EU requirements on the minimum share of 50% of the total mass of waste collected for recycling and reuse, to which we have obliged in order to enter The European Union.
From one ton of mixed comunal waste it is possible to get 230 to 500 kg of RDF / SRF. From that, it follows that for CEMEX factory purposes, waste will be imported, thereby contributing to further environmental pollution (by combustion as well as fuel transportation) and not addressing waste management at the local level.
The purpose of the environmental impact study is to identify, anticipate and assess the environmental impacts of different projects. The environmental impact assessment is carried out prior to the decision on the implementation of a particular project. An integral part of the environmental impact study makes considerations related to the social, cultural and health impact of the planned project. Special attention is paid to the careful assessment of all the impacts that the planned operation can have as well as cumulative impacts and measures to prevent, mitigate and overcome the significant and adverse impacts of the proposed projects.