There is a modern trash to energy plant about 5 miles from my house. Just about next door to the Nuclear power plant. I have driven, walked and boated near it and have never smelled anything bad. It does draw quite a bit of truck traffic though. I copied and pasted this from the Westchester County website; "The Charles Point Resource Recovery Facility, located in Peekskill, was built in response to a federal mandate to close the countyâ€™s Croton Point Landfill and local incinerators. In 1982, 26 municipalities joined in a special assessment district, called the Refuse Disposal District #1, that enabled the WCAIDA to build the Charles Point Facility. The facility began operations in 1984, by providing dependable, environmentally safe disposal of municipal solid waste for Westchester County, while generating clean, renewable electricity. Designed, constructed and operated by Wheelabrator Westchester, the facility supports county residents by processing up to 2,250 tons per day of municipal solid waste. The Charles Point Facility has a permitted capacity of 710,000 tons per year. It is equipped with a magnetic separation system that extracts ferrous metals from the ash, which is then recycled. The plant has an electrical generating capacity of 60,000 kilowatts; the equivalent of supplying the electrical needs of 88,000 New York homes. The facility accepts solid waste from all municipalities in the Refuse Disposal District #1, which has grown to include 36 communities, representing approximately 90 percent of the countyâ€™s population. In 2009, the facility processed 700,052 tons of solid waste and recovered 16,887 tons of ferrous metal. 438,236 tons of solid waste was delivered by Refuse Disposal District #1 municipalities, down 5,507 tons from 2008. Private carters and direct haul waste delivered the balance of refuse to the Charles Point Facility." I don't feel so bad if I don't recycle every single piece of plastic because I figure its good fuel for the power plant.