Landfills Poison Our Air and Water

Far too many families are being poisoned by contaminants released by landfills and waste incinerators across New England. All landfills eventually leak toxic chemicals into our air and water, and New England currently has no plan in place to address this dangerous problem.

CLF in Action

CLF has launched the Zero Waste Project to protect New England communities from the dangers posed by unsustainable waste management practices. We know that landfills and waste incinerators pose a threat to our health, our communities, and our environment. Safer, healthier alternatives exist and we owe it to our families to put them into practice across the region.

Through the Zero Waste Project, CLF is raising awareness about the negative health and environmental impacts of our trash. We want to change the way New England deals with waste. That means moving from our current, unsustainable model to a “Zero Waste” approach that minimizes the amount of trash sent to landfills and incinerators.

Communities around the world, including Nantucket, Seattle, and San Francisco, are adopting zero waste strategies. These communities are finding new ways to “reduce, reuse, and recycle” as well as encouraging redesign of materials and manufacturing methods. CLF’s Zero Waste Project will work to address the solid waste problem throughout New England and help to protect our air and water from unnecessary, damaging pollutants.

What’s at Stake

Solid waste is an issue that is often ignored once the garbage truck pulls away from the curb. But we cannot afford to ignore the harm it does to our communities and our environment. These impacts are felt most acutely by the Environmental Justice (EJ) communities that host a disproportionate share of landfills and waste incinerators throughout New England. Landfills in places like Southbridge, MA, an EJ community, are contaminating the water that residents use to drink, cook, and bathe their children.

Landfills and waste incinerators are dangerous and unsustainable, but they are not the only solution. Communities like Nantucket have shown us that creative programs can dramatically decrease the amount of waste we send to landfills. Innovative solutions have the potential to provide health, environmental, and economic benefits. By recapturing and reusing more materials, we can minimize the need for virgin raw materials, decrease our energy consumption, and help to create new green industries and jobs.