London boroughs plan to send rubbish to a second super-incinerator … in Cheshire!

From the Uxbridge Gazette:

A PLAN that could send 300,000 tonnes of rubbish a year from London boroughs including Hillingdon to Cheshire for burning has sparked outrage.

The West London Waste Authority (WLWA) has put out to tender a contract to treat waste, which cannot be recycled, from its member boroughs: Hillingdon, Ealing, Harrow, Brent, Hounslow and Richmond.
One of the bids is a joint venture between Tata Chemicals Europe and E.ON Energy, under which an incinerator about the size of Wembley Stadium would be built close to the town of Northwich.

The £500m contract would require the treatment of 300,000 tonnes of rubbish a year for the next 25 years.

Plans for the incinerator were approved last year, despite opposition group Cheshire Ant-Incinerator Network (CHAIN) submitting petitions of 25,000 signatures and 3,000 submissions against it.
CHAIN has now taken to writing to WLWA directly, asking the authority not to accept the tender from Tata/E.ON.

Liam Byrne, a member of CHAIN who lives near to where the incinerator could be built, has written to the WLWA.

In his letter he said: “[Northwich is] not a place where any sane or responsible organisation would want to build a very large power station, approximately the size of Wembley Stadium, just about one mile from its very centre, and not a suitable place where Londoners should send their garbage on a journey of 200 miles.

“It would be deeply outrageous and obscene if a group of local authorities, such as those you represent, from a relatively prosperous part of the country were to use the economic advantages they have to dump on a less well off neighbourhood a couple of hundred miles away.

It cannot be fair or just that the health and quality of life of the people of Northwich could be treated in such a selfish and cavalier way for decades to come.”

A quantity of Hillingdon’s residual waste is already burned, at the Grundon super-incinerator in Colnbrook.

According to Grundon, the Colnbrook facility is licensed to accept only:

One tonne per hour stepped hearth incinerator authorised by the Environment Agency to accept:

  • All clinical waste
  • Pharmaceutical/cytotoxic waste
  • Radioactive waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • Range of packaging i.e. sacks, burn bins, wheeled bins

In November expressed disappointment at the rejection of planning permission for its proposed facility in Chieveley, Berkshire, saying:

“It is hugely disappointing as this really is a missed opportunity for West Berkshire – not only in reducing its dependence on landfill and generating enough power for 30,000 homes, but also financially. Our scheme would have generated up to £1m a year for the Council in business rates which is quite considerable when you think it could have gone some way to offsetting West Berkshire’s £9m of austerity measures and cuts.”

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