Fighting for air

Apr 3, 2002 at 12:00 am

A coalition of folks banding to fight Detroit’s trash incinerator is looking for community support. The group, organized by Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, the Sierra Club, Ann Arbor’s Ecology Center and the owners of Avalon International Breads bakery in the Cass Corridor will hold its first meeting Saturday. The incinerator at Russell and Ferry streets near Detroit’s Cultural Center is the largest in the United States and emits 1,800 tons of hazardous pollutants every year, including large amounts of nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, as it burns nearly every scrap of garbage collected in Detroit. City taxpayers spend three times the average landfill cost to dispose of trash at the incinerator, which is owned by Philip Morris (inhale that!). If you want to help the group plot to bring recycling to Detroit and get rid of the incinerator, the meeting is 2-4 p.m. at the International Institute at 111 E. Kirby.

Lisa M. Collins is a Metro Times staff writer. E-mail [email protected]