Sunday, 19 April 2009

SHUT THE LANDFILL SITES AND INCINERATORS

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 19th April 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192

SHUT THE LANDFILL SITES AND INCINERATORS

Kent Green Party is calling for a new approach to waste management in Kent. A growing population is leading to more use of landfill sites and incineration. A ‘Zero Waste’ approach would mean more sustainable and justifiable employment in waste management. Steve Dawe explains:

“A full range of kerbside recycling options would dramatically cut the flow of waste to landfill or to incineration(1). We can deliver a ‘Green New Deal’ to transform how we deal with waste in the UK. The EU's own guidance shows that for every job burying waste at landfill sites and burning it in incinerators there are ten-times as many jobs from recycling and reusing our resources. This is because source-separated (so-called 'real recycling') does not spend money on expensive plant and soon-to-be-out-of-date technology but on providing jobs in local communities. By following this ‘Zero Waste’(2) approach, and pushing for a massive reduction of waste in the first place, we could avoid the pressure to incinerate in Kent.

“But the councils throughout Kent are persisting with burying and burning our waste, which ironically is subsidised by around £25/tonne by central government. It is unclear in whose interests Conservative and Labour MEPs were acting when they voted to allow incineration to be rebranded as 'energy-from-waste' plants in new EU-wide legislation passed last year. The Green Party challenged both of these decisions as misleading and not putting people’s best interests first.” Ends c 239 words

FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe on 01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 or mobile: 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Notes:

1. And this shift from a wasteful approach to reduce, reuse and recycling should not just be for our doorstep waste, but that from businesses and the construction industry. One example is www.reuseitdontloseit.org.uk who reuse bricks, tiles and landscaping in Brighton. The company, employing three staff started just a stones throw from Newhaven Incinerator, which was finally given approval, ironically on Friday 13th (March 2009)!

2. The England and Wales Green Party has signed up to the zero waste charter – which brings together councils and other organisations committed to achieving zero waste to landfill, without incineration. When you throw something away, where's 'away'?

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