This week’s guest post is from Parmjit Dhanda, MP for Gloucestershire.
He lives with his family in Matson and today would like to share his thoughts on incineration along with how he would like to see Gloucestershire deal with its waste in the future.
After reading, why not sign the incinerator petition on his website.
As landfill becomes a last resort to dispose of domestic refuse, waste has now become a hot topic across Gloucestershire and we have to make a choice; we should invest in quality kerb side recycling, and set up a unified collection service throughout Gloucestershire. We should introduce far more environmentally friendly methods of dealing with residual waste such as anaerobic digestion and mechanical, biological treatment. We can disperse our waste sites across the region to cut down on the carbon footprint from the collection to the disposal of waste and we can increase recycling across Gloucestershire – setting an 80% target by 2020.
Alternatively we could buy into the Gloucestershire County Council’s vision and build a 10 storey central incinerator to burn 150,000 tons of waste a year. This will then allow us to become lazy when it comes to recycling and reusing and give the public little incentive to dispose of waste in an environmentally sensible way, as an incinerator (being a hungry machine) will need to be fed 24/7. We can admire its stack from a distance, marvel at its outdated technology and look forward, as taxpayers, to forking out the fines imposed on us when they cannot produce enough waste to satisfy the giant incinerator’s appetite. We can also stand back and watch our future generations suffer from the ill effects of the fly ash and the dioxins an incinerator produces. At least the County Council would have solved their landfill problem, but at what environmental cost?
There are imaginative plans afoot to use the methane from anaerobic digestion – to crack it in to hydrogen and to power light railways in Gloucestershire. But if we choose to incinerate instead, that would also kill off this imaginative transport plan. Technology is moving fast, but a giant incinerator would be a slow burner for the length of its 25 year contract. Its time to think again.
Parmjit Dhanda MP
Member of Parliament for Gloucester
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