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Support for UK communities fighting against Waste Incineration. We want alternatives to manage waste

Many communities across the UK are fighting their local councils about decisions to build waste incinerators in towns, near homes, on farm land and in areas of natural beauty and interest. There are many more planned for the UK. The USA has not commissioned an Incinerator since the mid 1990's however they are still being built in the UK by American companies. There are better, greener and healthier alternatives to waste management. Typically councils are locked into 25 year contracts and agree to provide the privately owned incinerator companies with a certain quota of waste or else face hefty fines. This undermines recycling and is bad news for the whole of the UK as in areas with incinerators rubbish set aside for recycling is diverted to these incinerators. Please support this campaign.

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      • ICARE TrustICARE Trust commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This campaign needs to be supported as incineration is not the way to deal with our waste.

      • Christine HallChristine Hall commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just found this little gem on the Government's Website - yer right!!

        Environment
        The Government believes that we need to protect the environment for future generations, make our economy more environmentally sustainable, and improve our quality of life and well-being. We also believe that much more needs to be done to support the farming industry, protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable food production.

        · We will introduce measures to protect wildlife and promote green spaces and wildlife corridors in order to halt the loss of habitats and restore biodiversity.

        · We will review the governance arrangements of National Parks in order to increase local accountability.

        · We will take forward the findings of the Pitt Review to improve our flood defences, and prevent unnecessary building in areas of high flood risk.

        · We will work towards a 'zero waste' economy, encourage councils to pay people to recycle, and work to reduce littering.

        · We will promote high standards of farm animal welfare. We will end the testing of household products on animals and work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research.

        · We will bring forward a motion on a free vote enabling the House of Commons to express its view on the repeal of the Hunting Act.

      • LorraineLorraine commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There are so many better and productive ways to get rid of rubbish, maybe we should get rid of those who support these outdated, dangerous methods regardless of the views of the people living in the affected areas.

      • Jenny PerrymanJenny Perryman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In King's Lynn we have had great leadership to fight the incinerator, this has really brought about our overwhelming triumph. Without those who recruit, the fight dies off, ours has flourished. It has been good for the people of West Norfolk, we have been apathetic for too long and this has proved what a united front can achieve, and that we will no longer be walked over and disrespected. Every other area needs to unite and do the same, never ever give up, believe in the right and the good, and as a county and a country, we will all win this battle!!

      • Linda RiseboroughLinda Riseborough commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        At last a campaign to make the fight against incineration a national issue, for years this has been treated as a local thing. However much re-using and recycling is done there will always be some stuff left over, but there are much better ways of getting rid of it than burning.

      • Estelle HawkinsEstelle Hawkins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Penny, Susan, Kate, Katete please use your votes...click on the 'votes' box above and then click '3 votes'. Thanks.

      • Estelle HawkinsEstelle Hawkins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The communities in the UK need to work together on this, it is so shocking that the UK government is prepared to invest our money in this outdated and unhealthy way of dealing with waste. WE WANT ALTERNATIVES!!!
        Please use your votes to move this group up the ranks :-)

      • katekate commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        www.breathecleanairgroup.co.uk.
        We are fighting to stop a biomass plant from being built just 500mts. from our homes and schools.
        All the small groups fighting to stop these health hazards have got to get together and fight as one, the governent are not bothered about small local groups, they are just thinking of the money . Once a incinerator is up and running they can then start bringing all the dangerous
        waste from abroad, nobody is ever going to know what they are putting into them.

      • Rachelle StraussRachelle Strauss commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We're on the brink of having an incinerator built near to where I live, but we've shown, as a family, how you can dramatically reduce the amount of landfill waste you accumulate. It's not rocket science, just thoughtful purchasing and committed recycling. I'm shocked at how few people are commenting on this as it's such an important cause. Once an incinerator is built it has to be fed no matter what and if local authorities can't reach the amount they will import from anywhere to keep the fires burning. Such a waste of potential resources; why not put the millions of pounds into great reprocessing in the UK?

      • stephen gutteridgestephen gutteridge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We are the only country in the western world that is going back to municipal waste incinerators. The rest of Europe are moving on having learnt from their mistakes. Ditto USA. Why are we not learning from this?
        Why are the government blighting this country with them when there are alternatives. People's rights are being ignored.

      • beverley knightbeverley knight commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What a sad day for democracy when 65k signatures against Kings Lynn's Incinerator are disregarded by Councillors!. We could only manage 300, against our planned Eye Industrial Plant. We didn't stand a chance!! Its no surprise then that we were not consulted properly and our MP clarified this, if 65k people's valid concerned are brushed away at a whim!.
        There are alternatives, as identified by worldwide experts such as Dr P Connett. Like the USA we should adopt the alternatives. Say No to all incineration and yes to recycling and jobs. 1/3rd of our recycling sites are now closing in Suffolk, is this linked, or am I being cynical?. Are we going to burn this in future as has been claimed where incinerators are stationed?

      • KenKen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We in King's Lynn voted overwhelmingly against the siting of a massive incinerator in our town. Despite this our Conservative County Council stuck two fingers up and told us "you are getting it anyway". Within days of the results of our referendum the Council awarded the contract to Cory Wheelabrator - an American firm that is banned from building these incinerators in its own country - with a clause that if the incinerator does not go ahead there will be a £20.5 Million fine! Whats going on here? Is this Cameron's BIG Society? We must stop these incinerators being built in King's Lynn and anywhere else in the country. Our valuable resources will all be burned, when they realise this it will be too late. When you have lost your health it is gone. It is not renewable. What right have these bullies got to take away our health and wellbeing? Do everything you can to put a stop to this madness.

      • KenKen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We in King's Lynn voted overwhelmingly against the siting of a massive incinerator in our town. Despite this our Conservative County Council stuck two fingers up and told us "you are getting it anyway". Within days of the results of our referendum the Council awarded the contract to Cory Wheelabrator - an American firm that is banned from building these incinerators in its own country - with a clause that if the incinerator does not go ahead there will be a £20.5 Million fine! Whats going on here? Is this Cameron's BIG Society? We must stop these incinerators being built in King's Lynn and anywhere else in the country. Our valuable resources will all be burned, when they realise this it will be too late. When you have lost your health it is gone. It is not renewable. What right have these bullies got to take away our health and wellbeing? Do everything you can to put a stop to this madness.

      • katekate commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        breathecleanairgroup.co.uk
        We need people to go to the website and sign our petiton.We live in Manchester &, Peel energy are getting their employees to support their application for a biomass plant as far away as London & Southampton, we need as much help as we can get.

      • Michael de WhalleyMichael de Whalley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I understand that there are about 80 of these abominations in the pipeline (or should I say flue?) for the UK. What happened to our government's ambition to reduce, reuse and recycle? Does the claim "Greenest ever Government" refer to their naivety? We have a duty to ourselves and future generations to do the right thing.

      • Penny ClarkePenny Clarke commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Also see copy of my email on my blog I have sent to the CABINET SCRUTINY COMMITTEE MEMBERS, now added to http:pennyshotbirdingandlife.blogspot.com201103incineration-demonstration-today.html

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