Detroit to get citywide curbside recycling – Incinerator concerns remain

The Zero Waste Detroit Coalition (ZWD) thanks Detroit city officials for implementing citywide curbside recycling, and also calls on officials to no longer burn Detroit’s trash at Detroit Renewable Power Waste Incinerator.

Detroit Renewable Power is one of the largest polluters in Wayne County, and contributes to Detroit’s high asthma rates. The facility is the largest such incinerator in the nation, and its odor is a major nuisance to residents living in the area. Since coming under new ownership in 2010, complaints against the incinerator for foul odors to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) have increased from four complaints in 2008 to over 100 in 2012. As a result of these complaints, MDEQ has issued nine notices of violation to the Incinerator since 2011.

“Detroit has taken a positive step forward with the decision to implement citywide curbside recycling,” said ZWD community outreach coordinator Ahmina Maxey. ”We also call on city officials to further continue this forward momentum and prioritize the health and well-being of residents by no longer sending its trash to the Detroit Renewable Power Waste Incinerator.”