COUNTY COUNCIL MUST LISTEN TO CASE AGAINST INCINERATOR SAYS LUFF
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COUNTY COUNCIL MUST LISTEN TO CASE AGAINST INCINERATOR SAYS LUFF

Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff, whose constituency includes the site on the Hartlebury trading estate for the proposed “waste-to-energy” incinerator, is urging all Worcestershire county councillors to listen very carefully to the strong arguments against the scheme.
Peter will write next week to every county councillor with a summary version of the presentation given last night at County Hall by the expert on this topic - Dr Paul Connett. The purpose of the presentation, which had been organised by the campaign against the incinerator, WAIL (Worcestershire Against Incineration and Landfill), was to demonstrate that there are very real alternatives to both landfill and incineration.

Peter said,

“A very disappointing number of county councillors were able to attend the discussion on zero waste and sustainability on Monday night, so I want to shear its main points with all those who could not be there.

“I understand the pressures on councillors’ time, and perhaps some of them think it’s only a matter for the local councillor in whose area it would be built, but that would be profoundly wrong.

“This huge incinerator will lock both our county and Herefordshire into a particular technology to incinerate thousands of tonnes of waste at precisely the time when zero waste is becoming achievable through a mixture of improved recycling technologies and waste reduction strategies.

“This incinerator is an issue for all of us who care about our environment throughout the counties of Worcestershire and Herefordshire. After all the briefing county councillors have had from the company bringing forward the proposal – including, I understand, taking the county planning committee to schemes in operation elsewhere in the country - they must at least be seen to listen to the compelling arguments on the other side.”

ENDS

Note to editors:

Dr Paul Connett is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. Over the past 25 years his research on waste has taken him to 49 states in the US and 52 other countries, where he has given over 2,000 public presentations. American presidential candidate Ralph Nader famously said of him "He is the only person I know who can make waste interesting". He holds regular meetings with relevant bodies worldwide including the United Nations and our own DEFRA.


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