VIP Celebrates #EarthDay50

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day! This now internationally recognized day has its roots right here in California and was started after an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara. Valley Improvement Projects and its members have long seen Earth Day as a great opportunity to raise awareness about theContinue reading “VIP Celebrates #EarthDay50”


VIP Launches #BringBacktheBlueBin Campaign

Valley Improvement Projects has officially launched our #BringBacktheBlueBin campaign! Modesto had one of the first curbside recycling programs in the country in the early 1970s. Today Modesto sends its “waste” to the local incinerator to burn and does not sort all of the recyclable material out. The local incinerator, Covanta, makes profits off of burningContinue reading “VIP Launches #BringBacktheBlueBin Campaign”

VIP Advocates for Waste Diversion, Not Incineration

Valley Improvement Projects has been researching and advocating for more waste diversion by recycling, reusing, and composting and not burning our trash, recyclable and compostable material at the Covanta Incinerator in west Stanislaus County. On October 20th VIP gave the following presentation to the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors (see video below) and will alsoContinue reading “VIP Advocates for Waste Diversion, Not Incineration”

Stanislaus Trash Incinerator Company Fined Over $30,000 for Violations in Delano

Source: Community Complaints lead to over $30,000 in violation penalties FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 21, 2015 Contact: Gustavo Aguirre Jr. 661-889-1917 Ingrid Brostrom 510-717-8482 Air Emissions from the Covanta Biomass Facility Result in Fines Community complaints lead to over $30,000 in violation penalties DELANO, CA—The San Joaquin Valley Air District recently found the Covanta biomass incineratorContinue reading “Stanislaus Trash Incinerator Company Fined Over $30,000 for Violations in Delano”

“This American Life” Trash Incineration Segment Misses the Point

I am an avid listener of This American Life and I usually love it, which is why I was so deeply disappointed with their decision to perpetuate the myths and misinformation about ‪#‎incineration‬ in the episode “Not It!” aired on April 10th. Zoe Chace’s segment “The Big Crapple” is, at best, a one-sided fluff piece. But in a harsherContinue reading ““This American Life” Trash Incineration Segment Misses the Point”

Covanta Pollutes the Central Valley’s Air, Then Sponsors Modesto’s Earth Day

The Covanta Waste-to-Energy Garbage Incinerator in Crows Landing Pollutes Our Air! The incinerator emits dangerous toxic chemicals & toxic metals into the air, including dioxin. Dioxin is one of the most toxic chemicals know to science. According to the U.S. EPA, incineration of municipal solid waste & medical waste are major sources of dioxin.The incineratorContinue reading “Covanta Pollutes the Central Valley’s Air, Then Sponsors Modesto’s Earth Day”