Better than an episode of Eastenders

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better than an episode of Eastenders

better than an episode of Eastenders

I get to gossip with all sorts of lovely people here at Zero Waste Towers. This week I’ve been talking to Sue from GlosVAIN

GlosVAIN discuss alternative ideas to large incinerators and provide information for people to really understand the topics involved with making a decision about dealing with waste.

Waste expert

Things are hotting up in Gloucestershire at the moment and our council have bought a waste expert on board to advise them on how to deal with waste in the future. Professor Roy Harrison is currently doing his best to reassure us by saying “anyone living within about one kilometre of the incinerator site would have less than one in a million chance of developing cancer because of it”.

£800m contract

The council will make a decision in November to take the 4 current tenders down to 2 before finalising their decision next year. The final contract will be worth more than £800m, so it’s not a decision to be made lightly.


An incinerator is still on the cards and clearly this is an emotive issue. Paul Connett is coming back to Gloucestershire in November to hold a public meeting along with a ‘pro incinerator’ representative – that promises to be a great night!


The aims of the event are to create a forum for constructive & informed debate, to provide a structured opportunity for local organisations and campaigns to channel their concerns on waste management strategies and to raise awareness of new waste policies.

Free event

Everything will be discussed from nano-particles to the financial implications of all types of waste recovery and management; so do come along to this free event if you can. It’s free and will definitely be more informative and probably more entertaining than an episode of Eastenders. I’ll be sharing more details nearer the time.


GlosVAIN hold monthly meetings to which anybody can go. The next one takes place Tuesday 5th October 2010, 7.30pm at Quedgeley Community Centre.

Sue reminds us that DEFRA’s review of waste Policy closes on 7th October, so if you want to get your voice heard, get writing! This is for everyone, regardless of where you live.

She also points out the Gloucestershire Friends of the Earth petition which is for those who are opposed to large scale incineration is available for you to sign and share.

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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