In a recent opinion piece for The Connecticut Mirror, Kevin Budris, Staff Attorney for the Zero Waste Project Conservation Law Foundation, points out that, “Hartford is among the Connecticut communities hardest hit by COVID-19.” And he places the blame on “structural and institutional racism, particularly with respect to the location of polluting facilities.”
Budris expresses his hope that the long-polluting Hartford incinerator will close and applauds Connecticut’s Materials Innovation & Recycling Authority for voting to scrap plans for a $333 million upgrade. Unless the state steps in to bail out the incinerator, it will be shut down.
Budris asserts that, “By refusing to bail out the incinerator or replace it with another polluting facility or a massive transfer station, Connecticut can take a small but important step toward fixing its racist and unjust pattern of burning trash in communities of color.”
“Real waste reduction solutions support local jobs, cost less money than incineration, protect public health, and disrupt the injustice inherent in large polluting facilities.”