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Dear Editor:

Harold Henderson did a good job of presenting the environmental arguments against rebuilding the Northwest Incinerator ["Talking Trash," April 14]. His interviews with the city's proponents for yet another destructive megaproject were also revealing. But he neglected a key point that's the basis for the alternative to the incinerator--recycling--that has been proposed by the Westside Alliance for a Safe Toxic-free Environment (WASTE).

The city is determined to burn recyclables, while local companies are desperate for good local supplies of clean materials. We projected, partly by learning from the recent history of these same companies, that 635 manufacturing jobs could be created in the next five to ten years in Chicago by recycling just 50 percent of the material currently burned in the incinerator.

The city has chosen to hire a team of politically connected legal, technical and financial "experts" to figure out behind closed doors how to rebuild the incinerator. We believe it should be directing its economic development specialists to work with west side residents and organizations to create jobs and attract companies that can convert materials now being burned into new projects.

Bill Eyring

Center for Neighborhood Technology

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