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Incinerator Insights and Action

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 by Clive

Following our previous discussion about the incinerator (HERE), I read a superb comment made by Julian Powell during a Facebook discussion about this and (with his permission) here it is:

The County has a new MBT plant at Bishops Cleeve that deals with 40% of the waste due to go to Javelin Park, for about 4% of the cost of the incinerator.

The recycling targets adopted when the incinerator size was first chosen were calculated to deal with about 20% of the waste, but they were ‘conservative’ (sic). Some parts of the County have exceeded them, others are on course to exceed them. That leaves 40% of the waste to deal with if you don’t try to recycle more or MBT more. If they have to burn that waste it could be transported to Avonmouth for about 10% of the cost of Javelin Park.

At Avonmouth a different company is building an incinerator about 4 times the size of Javelin Park. Bristol cannot fill the Avonmouth plant until it reaches the waste estimated to be created in 20 years time or so, and is having to import trade waste (packaging from factories and shops etc) from London to keep it burning efficiently. If an incinerator is not kept at full blast 24/7 it does not burn efficiently and produces increased levels of pollution.

If the County continues with Bishops Cleeve and the current recycling then they will not have enough waste to keep Javelin Park burning.

Under the contract they signed before they got planning permission, they have to pay a penalty to Urbasser Balfour Beatty to buy in waste from elsewhere, or buy in waste directly, to keep Javelin Park burning within it’s emissions licence.

A big problem is that Javelin Park has been sized to burn the waste they anticipate us making in 20 to 25 years time and they do not expect enough to be created to burn until then, and the County will have to get it from somewhere or pay the penalty.

There is a similar problem keeping the new incinerators in Warwickshire and Birmingham fed.
The Government said last year that planning permission had already been given to enough incinerators to deal with all the UK’s waste for the next 25 years.

With incinerators of the Javelin Park old-fashioned design, if everything is burnt at top efficiency they reckon to capture 40% of it as ash which has to be taken to landfill as it is the wrong stuff to make bricks out of cheap enough to make it worthwhile. The other 60% of the burnt waste is thrown up into the air. They calculate that about 30% will go into the high atmosphere and get as far as Norway, the other 30% will rain down on us as very fine ash, but be spread very thinly over a wide area. Roughly like having a motorway of exhaust fumes over your head. The ash cloud is reckoned to get to the far side of Cheltenham or about that far away depending on which way the wind blows.

They claim the ash is sterile and there will be no adverse health impacts. I don’t believe them.

Today I received the following email from 38degrees.org:

Thank you for signing the petition “Come Clean and Show us the Contract” calling for Gloucestershire County Council to reveal the full contract with UBB to build a mass-burn incinerator at Javelin Park.

We were able to present GCC the 3,000 signatures we had gained at the council meeting last Wednesday, where – as you may have heard – the motion to scrap the contract altogether was defeated by a mere 3 votes, meaning that currently the council is still bound to go ahead with the project.

It also became clear at Wednesday’s meeting that not only we but also most of the county councillors themselves were in the dark as to the exact contents of the contract. This is an unacceptable situation in any event, but nothing short of astonishing in the light of the sheer scale of this publicly funded project.

If we can reach 5,000 signatures, we will trigger a debate in the council on the subject, and this could be an opportunity to flush out what is really going on.

Now would be a great time to do this, as the go-ahead on the incinerator is being delayed by a judicial review (initiated by Stroud District Council) on the planning decision.

If you haven’t signed the petition yet, you’ll find it HERE.

Incinerator News (of a sort)!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by Clive

The incinerator has become the latest hot topic in this part of the world for many reasons… (Previous posts on this subjectJavelin Park – Latest).

One recently discussed article in the Stroud News & Journal stated:

Gloucestershire County Council’s own figures suggest the MAJORITY of waste due to be burnt in the Javelin Park incinerator will be recyclable, compostable or reusable.

The full article (here) goes on to explain:

On average, the report shows that 67 per cent of the black bag rubbish, also known as residual waste, collected by Gloucester City Council, Cotswold District Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council is either recyclable, compostable or reusable.

Assuming a similar proportion of the residual waste collected by other local authorities in the county is recoverable, the report would suggest that a majority of the waste due to be burnt in the planned incinerator will in fact be recyclable, biodegradable or reusable.

So you’re saying that they will be burning black-bag-waste and because we don’t recycle properly, lots of recyclable waste will be burned!

I am against the incinerator for many reasons, but the argument that they will be burning recyclable waste because folks don’t bother to recycle properly doesn’t seem entirely relevant to me.

The Council are responsible in so much as they have failed to convince local people to recycle and of course we can argue that the system (especially here in Gloucester) is less than ideal (the recycle bins are horrible) but in reality my household throws away almost zero recyclable waste… We do have to run around a fair bit to deposit things like batteries, cardboard, clothes etc and the resulting storage means that my shed is now a large recycling plant and my tools live indoors, but it IS possible, (and the services are improving at the moment).

There are lots of valid reasons to oppose the incinerator, but this seems like a silly argument to me… If for no other reason than the fact that this particular problem can be solved (with or without the incinerator).

Javelin Park Incinerator: Latest

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by Clive

I received the latest newsletter from Glosvain with the following news:

GlosVAIN AGM 3rd Dec’

GlosVAIN’s 2014 Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 3rd December at 7.30pm at Quedgeley Community Centre. Our chairperson, Sue Oppenheimer will be providing an update on the forthcoming Appeal decision. A great opportunity to get up to speed and to ask any questions you may have. All are welcome to attend.

Decision Due 22nd Dec’

Javelin Park Decision Delayed Twice… Now Due 22nd Dec’.

Following the completion of the Javelin Park Inquiry Hearing at the start of the year, the Inspector provided his report to the Secretary of State (SoS), Eric Pickles for a final decision. This decision was originally expected by 17th Sept’, but has since been delayed twice. It is now expected by 22nd Dec’ 2014.

Notification of the first delay to the decision was received on 16th September with the decision date being put back to 30th November. The reason cited for the delay was the receipt of a GlosVAIN letter sent to the SoS on 1st Aug’, which put forward new evidence. The delay allowed interested parties to comment on the new evidence:

• Planning permission given by GCC to Cory Environmental Ltd at Wingmoor Farm for new waste processing facilities – less waste for the incinerator.
• The latest report from consultants “Eunomia” reinforcing impending overcapacity of incinerators – again, no need for one in Gloucestershire.
• A recent National Audit Office report and a related Public Accounts Committee hearing where a number of incinerator applications were brought into real question.
• Eric Pickles’ recent refusal of the Hatfield incinerator application – situation in the Green Belt was key here and comparable to the Javelin Park site’s proximity to the Cotswolds AONB.

A second letter was then received from the SoS a month later on 16th October. This notified yet a further delay to the decision to 22nd December 2014 – the date we now await. This further delay allowed parties to comment on responses made by other parties, as well as to also consider the relevance to the case of the new planning policy and guidance on waste published by the Government on 16th Oct’.

GlosVAIN submitted further comment at each opportunity provided. We are pleased that the SoS deemed our further evidence significant enough to trigger these delays. We also see the new waste policy and guidance as potentially bringing some additional benefit to our cause.

The documents and letters referred to above, and others published since the end of the Inquiry in Feb’ 2014, are available to view on the Publications page of the GlosVAIN website.

Previous posts on this subject.


Kingsway Litter Pick (The Big Tidy Up)

Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Clive

Following the 2013 Litter Pick organised by the Kingsway Residents Association, and having received many enquiries from local folk about a similar exercise, I am pleased to announce that the City Council is working with Quedgeley Parish Council to hold a litter picking event at Kingsway on Monday 27th October at 9:30am.

The event is known as the Big Tidy Up (part of a Keep Britain Tidy campaign), and we are asking for volunteers to join us.

We will meet at 9.30am at Kingsway Community Centre. We will provide high-vis tabards, litter pickers, gloves and bags, and will arrange for the bags to be collected after the event.

Kingsway Litter Pick 2014
If you wish to display a poster for the event, click on the picture for a printable (.pdf) copy.

Nearly New Sale

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 by char_willson

We are holding a Nearly New Sale at the Quedgeley Community Centre on Saturday 15 March 2014, from 10am-12pm.

Baby, Toddler, Children’s Clothes, Toys and other equipment.

Free admission and parking

For details of how to book a table (£5 each) please contact Charlotte on totfest@rocketmail.com

All funds raised from table bookings will go towards supporting MU32U toddler and family activities in the local area.

Please see our Facebook Page [Editor: Page gone, link removed] for further details.

Keeping Your Brown Bin Clean

Saturday, December 28th, 2013 by penybont_bach

I see on the Gloucester City Council website that…

“You are now able to line your food caddy with a compostable or bio-degradable bag or liner such as a corn starch bag. Please note however, that crews will not empty food caddies that have been lined with a shopping bag or similar type liner as this is not compostable or bio-degradable. For further information and advice please contact us at heretohelp@gloucester.gov.uk or 01452 396396.”

That will help with keeping the bin clean in the summer…


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