Tuesday, 14 July 2009

GREENS SEEK CLEAR OPPOSITION TO ANY NORWICH WASTE INCINERATOR

Green Party city councillors in Norwich want the council and all political parties to express unambiguous opposition to any possibility of the development of a local waste incinerator.

Norwich City councillors will tonight (Tuesday 14) be considering a Labour motion which expresses concern about waste management in Norfolk, in the light of the County Council's decision to abandon plans for an 'anaerobic digestion plant' at Costessey, to process waste. The motion seeks to press the County Council to explore alternative waste disposal ideas, but Green Party councillors are concerned that it does not rule out incineration - a method they consider contrary to good waste management and potentially harmful to public health.

Green Party councillor Rupert Read will try to amend the motion so that the county council will be asked to categorically rule out incineration from its waste management options.

City Councillor Rupert Read said:

' After the County Council's abandonment of the Costessey waste treatment project I am concerned that the new Tory led council may be drifting towards undesirable waste management plans.

'It is vital that those plans are absolutely clear and rule out any option for an incinerator and I shall be trying to amend the city council motion to make this demand clear.

'Incineration is a poor way of dealing with waste: it does not encourage waste minimisation or recycling and it has a long association with health problems for local communities.

'I shall also be outlining some of the Green Party's positive policies for better waste management, including improved recycling facilities, re-use and repair facilities and mechanical, biological treatment. These proposals would be much better for the environment and create more jobs.'

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Green Party city councillors in Norwich want the council and all political parties to express unambiguous opposition to any possibility of the development of a local waste incinerator.

Norwich City councillors will tonight (Tuesday 14) be considering a Labour motion which expresses concern about waste management in Norfolk, in the light of the County Council's decision to abandon plans for an 'anaerobic digestion plant' at Costessey, to process waste. The motion seeks to press the County Council to explore alternative waste disposal ideas, but Green Party councillors are concerned that it does not rule out incineration - a method they consider contrary to good waste management and potentially harmful to public health.

Green Party councillor Rupert Read will try to amend the motion so that the county council will be asked to categorically rule out incineration from its waste management options.

City Councillor Rupert Read said:

' After the County Council's abandonment of the Costessey waste treatment project I am concerned that the new Tory led council may be drifting towards undesirable waste management plans.

'It is vital that those plans are absolutely clear and rule out any option for an incinerator and I shall be trying to amend the city council motion to make this demand clear.

'Incineration is a poor way of dealing with waste: it does not encourage waste minimisation or recycling and it has a long association with health problems for local communities.

'I shall also be outlining some of the Green Party's positive policies for better waste management, including improved recycling facilities, re-use and repair facilities and mechanical, biological treatment. These proposals would be much better for the environment and create more jobs.'
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