A synopsis of expert presentations have been published by the APPG on Air Pollution.
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Prof. Vyvyan Howard found that, even though incinerator filters stop small particulates like PM2.5 they allow ultrafine particulates into the local environment which at scale constitute a significant health hazard.
Ruggero Ridolfi MD found heavy metals in the toenails of children living near incinerators linked with childhood leukemia, and Kirsten Bouman’s found dioxins in chicken eggs up to 10 kilometres away. This means that health impacts will occur in and beyond the poorer neighbourhoods where the government have largely granted 50 development consent orders for new incinerators.
Dr Dominic Hogg explained, for every tonne of plastic that is extracted from mixed waste and redirected into a closed-loop recycling stream, about 4 tonnes of CO2 are saved.
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