Group Offers Gasification Plant Alternative

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Group Offers Gasification Plant Alternative

By Brian Miller. CREATED Jan 4, 2013

GREEN BAY-- A group that includes opponents of the trash gasification plant in Green Bay has come up with an alternative plan. It's called "zero waste."

Zero waste more than just one thing, it's a philosophy adopted by several cities across the U.S.  It's a whole system approach to reducing our need for landfill space. It includes, among other ideas, reducing consumption and increasing the amount we recycle.

At Brown County's waste transfer station, every year about 145,000 tons of trash is processed before heading to a landfill in Outagamie County.

Dean Haen is the director of Brown County's Solid Waste Department, he is among about a dozen people who make up  a zero waste steering committee. The group formed last month to promote the idea of zero

Dean Hoegger of the Clean Water Action Council says the committee formed in response to a controversial trash to energy plant in Green Bay. They are looking at alternatives to the gasification plant. The committee is holding a public presentation at the Brown County Central Library February 7 at 6:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.