Wind & Solar ‘Transition’ Means Mountains of Toxic Rubbish Dumped in Local Landfills

The millions of solar panels headed for landfill are a veritable toxic cocktail of gallium arsenide, tellurium, silver, crystalline silicon, lead, cadmium, and heavy earth material.

Then there’s the landfill legacy being created by wind turbine blades, with the First World cynically using the Third World as its dumping ground: ‘Green’ Energy’s Poisonous Legacy: Millions of Toxic Turbine Blades Destined for African Landfills

Thousands of 45-70m blades (weighing between 10 to 25 tonnes) are being ground up and mixed with concrete and used in the bases of other turbines erected later or simply dumped in landfills. Which should worry locals: the plastics in the blades are toxic, and contain Bisphenol A, which is so dangerous to health that the European Union and Canada have banned it.

In the US, Instead of fronting up to pay the bill to dump them, hundreds of them are being stacked up across the Midwest in the hope that no one will notice.

While the purportedly “inevitable transition” to an all wind and sun powered future might be exuberant wishful thinking, the present steady progression of wind turbine blades and solar panels toward landfills will soon become a march of epic proportions.  The only thing inevitable about wind and solar is mountains of toxic rubbish heading for a landfill near you.

Renewables: Oh, the Waste!
Liberty and Ecology
Jane Shaw Stroup
27 July 2021

The Biden administration is ignoring the problem of waste and pollution in its pursuit of renewable energy, writes the Institute of Energy Research (IER).

“Electric vehicle batteries, solar panels, and wind turbines result in a massive amount of waste and pollution. China is responsible for half of the total electric vehicles in the world—a number that is growing rapidly. About half of its retired batteries are not disposed of in an environmentally sound way, causing significant waste and pollution problems . . . .”

IER cites an article in the Epoch Times (a newspaper that focuses on problems caused by the Chinese Communist Party). It quotes Jiang Tianming, a Hong Kong financial analyst, who criticizes Chinese policies that promote electrical vehicles. “These policies resulted in a fast-growing industry, However, if the retired batteries cannot be recycled effectively and environmentally friendly, the statement that new energy cars are ‘clean’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ is undoubtedly a false proposition.”

IER also discusses waste caused by solar panels and wind turbines.

On solar panels:

“Solar panels are mostly made of glass, which has low value as a recycled material, but they also have small amounts of silicon, silver, and copper as well as heavy metals (cadmium, lead, etc.) that some governments classify as hazardous waste. Hazardous waste can only be transported at designated times and via select routes. Because solar panels are delicate and bulky, specialized labor is required to detach and remove them to avoid their shattering and polluting local areas.”

On wind turbines:

“Wind turbine blades are made of a tough but pliable mix of resin and fiberglass—similar to what spaceship parts are made from. Decommissioned blades are difficult and expensive to transport. They can be anywhere from 100 to 300 feet long and must be cut up on-site before getting trucked away on specialized equipment to a landfill that may not have the capacity for the blades. Landfills that do have the capacity may not have equipment large enough to crush them.“

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We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. ronaldsteinptsadvancecom says:

    Across the country, wind farm clean-up is loosely regulated by lease agreements and a patchwork of local rules. There are no binding federal regulations to mandate cleaning up after a wind farm is shuttered. Before “mining” even begins, federal law requires that coal companies provide financial guarantees that clean-up will be paid for, even if the company goes under. Wind farms are not required to set aside funds for clean-up.

  2. Shudong Zhou says:

    the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind.
    But now not blowing wind ,because the wind power generator Cut off the flow of air.

  3. Shudong Zhou says:

    How many times must a man look up

    Before he can see the sky?

    Yes, ‘n’ how many ears must one man have

    Before he can hear people cry?

    Yes, ‘n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows

    That too many people have died?

    The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

    The answer is blowin’ in the wind

  4. Shudong Zhou says:

    The real power system generates electricity on demand! Wind power photovoltaics are completely uncontrolled! This is garbage power. What’s more, because of the low energy density, you have to spend more electricity in order to get 1 kWh of electricity. This is a complete waste! Grain can make wine. How about the electricity from solar panels? Is it purified or baptized electricity?

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