COALITION POLICY “MAY NOT SUPPORT HARTLEBURY INCINERATOR”
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COALITION POLICY “MAY NOT SUPPORT HARTLEBURY INCINERATOR”

The coalition “Programme for Government” may not support the construction of a massive waste-to-energy incinerator on the Hartlebury trading estate according to local MP Peter Luff.
He has written to the new Secretaries of State for the Environment, Caroline Spelman, and for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, seeking clarification of the implications of the policy for the incinerator.

The Coalition document published last month has two statements with significant implications for the incinerator project:

• We will introduce measures to promote a huge increase in energy from waste through anaerobic digestion.

• We will work towards a ‘zero waste’ economy, encourage councils to pay people to recycle, and work to reduce littering.

Commenting, Peter said,

“I strongly support the Coalition’s commitments to anaerobic digestion and to “zero waste”. The first offers a genuinely environmentally sustainable means to turn waste into energy and the second is a really positive way to reduce waste in the first place.

“We should not be building more large scale incineration plants.

“I predict if we build one in Worcestershire, within ten years, perhaps less, the only way it will remain viable is to burn the residual waste from other local authorities around the West Midlands. Yes, it might make money for the contractors, but only after its very existence has delayed Herefordshire and Worcestershire from moving to genuinely sustainable approaches to waste, and only by inflicting a massive development on the Hartlebury community and large scale heavy lorry movements on our roads for decades.”

ENDS

Note to editors, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Anaerobic digestion is a series of processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen, used for industrial or domestic purposes to manage waste and/or to release energy.
It is widely used as part of the process to treat wastewater[1]. As part of an integrated waste management system, anaerobic digestion reduces the emission of landfill gas into the atmosphere.
Anaerobic digestion is widely used as a renewable energy source because the process produces a methane and carbon dioxide rich biogas suitable for energy production, helping to replace fossil fuels. The nutrient-rich digestate which is also produced can be used as fertilizer.


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