Green Party objects to the Surrey incinerator application
18 July 2011
Surrey Green Party has written an objection to a planning application to build a new incinerator in the county.
The application, which will be discussed at a Surrey County Council meeting on June 30th, will come after a hard fought battle by local residents who are opposed to the plans.
The Green Party has objected to proposals to build a gasification incinerator in Shepperton in West Surrey.
Surrey County Council is proposing to build this incinerator at the household waste tip in Charlton Lane. As there will also be recycling facilities on the site, they have misleadingly called the project an ‘EcoPark’.
In fact this gasification plant is an inefficient type of incinerator which will increase CO2 emissions, increase transport of waste, place a ceiling on recycling, and emit toxic pollutants.
This form of waste disposal technology is not supported by either Surrey’s own Waste Management Strategy, the Government’s national planning policies, or the government’s recently announced Waste Review.
Our submission sets out how the proposal fails to improve waste management, and why it will actually lead to an overall increase in transport congestion and CO2 emissions, rather than the reduction claimed. Instead of building incinerators, Greens want to see Surrey focus on maximising waste reduction, reuse and recycling in all Boroughs across the county. In addition, ‘anaerobic digestion’ plants (to treat organic waste such as waste food) should be sited as locally as possible, for example by developing co-digestion at the various Thames Water sewage treatment plants across Surrey.
Download our submission here
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