It appears as though protests lodged by environmentalists against plans to build an incinerator in the southern England county of Sussex have been rejected by the High Court.
Sometimes I honestly have cause to wonder just what these enviro-types put in their tea. Have they thought out their objection to waste incinerators thoroughly?
Incinerators used to be clunky, marginally unsafe operations — true — but technology has moved on.
Incinerators can not only now act as energy suppliers, by tapping the energy given off by the burning of society's debris and detritus, but also, they safely handle all the toxic and biological wastes that laboratories and hospitals create. Are environmentalists honestly saying that we should continue to landfill that stuff? We're talking about some extremely nasty waste here, and burning it seems like a perfectly logical answer.
Think about all the soiled diapers that go into the garbage stream. Gonna procreate? Then incinerate. And for all the recycling that some households and companies apparently do, there still seems to be plenty of trash around. Well, it's all plastic. Good ol' plastic. Plastic that can't be recycled or simply isn't profitable to recycle. All the styrofoam and polypropelene (so-called #5 plastics) that abound in cafeterias, makes up drinks containers and in which nearly every single item in the supermarket comes packaged; not to mention all those plastic shopping bags that everyone adores and finds so convenient. All this gets thrown out by the hundreds of thousands of tons in every major city, every day.
Just think of the typical bag of rubbish that a business like Souper Salad, for instance (all those disposable plastic salad trays and forks!), creates, and multiply it by 100 billion. This is the sort of crisis we're facing because we're apparently too stupid as a species to remember how we ever survived without all this "convenience;" before it got invented in the mid 20th century, became ubiquitous in the late 20th century, and started filling every nook and cranny in our lives, as it currently does.