I read a while back of a Swedish study where they found it was less of a strain on the environment to burn most waste in a high temperaturee incinerator (HTI) and harness the energy produced. A lot of energy goes into recycling plastic and glass (not sure if glass goes in the HTI though!) and as for landfill well that's no good for anything. Europe is big on HTI as they haven't got landfill space much but here I remember in the 80s a few HTIs were mooted - proposed in rural not city areas (Gurley near Moree was one site) to keep NIMBYs happy but it got killed at some stage as the facts never got in the way of a good story I guess.
I'm not a supporter of HTI as such as I don't know enough about it but I was wondering what everyone else thinks? Probably discuss the whole philosophy of recycling while we're at it. With the shortage of water we have in Sydney is it worth triple rinsing milk containers? I'd rather save the water myself.