Martin Redbond

Liberal Democrat Councillor for the Claydon and Barham Ward Learn more

Say no to incinerators

by martinredbond on 20 January, 2008

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The hot news is the decision by the Suffolk County Council Conservative Administration to put its controversial incinerator in Great Blakenham. No other options for sites have been released and the Council now intends to consult with the public. Given the Conservatives record on consultations in the last few years they are very unlikely to listen to what local people actually think about this. The decision to build an incinerator also co-incides with Council’s decision to delay its ‘aspirational’ target of a 60% recycling and composting rate for Suffolk to 2015 set under the Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy (JMWMS) of the Suffolk Waste Partnership. This was originally to be achieved by 2010. The Conservatives are now focusing their attention on a tired technology at a time when the national mood is changing towards more green, innovative technologies for waste disposal and increased recycling. The disadvantages of building an incinerator include pollution of the environment and increased threats to the health of people living in Suffolk. Such a facility will also act as a dis-incentive to investing in recycling and will cost an estimated £500 million. Campaigners in Hull, Norfolk and many others parts of the country have successfully fought against incinerators. Watch this space.

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