Incineration of Textile Waste
Incineration of used clothes is often seen as a way of reducing textile waste generation in landfills.
However, incineration is an unwanted solution due to its highly negative polluting contributions. From increasing the emissions of greenhouse gases, dioxins and toxic substances into the environment to its overall contribution to the growing climate crisis and ultimately its harmful impact on population health.
According to European Union legislation, incineration is not recycling but recovery or disposal. An energy “recovery” classification demands highly efficient incineration plants.
In the media
Will fashion firms stop burning clothes? BBC Earth
“Textile Mountain” Film by EEB and Irish Environmental Network