Green Party claims Worcestershire incinerator decision will be regretted for years

Evesham Journal: The incinerator is set for Hartlebury, in Worcestershire The incinerator is set for Hartlebury, in Worcestershire

THE Green Party has attacked Worcestershire’s incinerator decision as a “missed opportunity”– and claims it will put people off recycling.

The Worcester branch of the party says the county council is on the verge of finalising a project which will be “regretted for decades”.

It follows backing from the Conservative cabinet, which voted through a £165 million loan last week to bring the rubbish-burner, planned for Hartlebury trading estate, a step closer.

A final vote from all 57 of County Hall’s politicians will now take place in January and, if accepted, construction could start in the spring.

However, the Worcester Green Party has made one last ditch attempt to scupper the plan, suggesting alternatives could still be explored, such as anaerobic digestion.

The method also uses rubbish to generate energy, but has the added benefit of creating a product that can replace artificial fertilizers.

Councillor Matthew Jenkins, from the Green Party, said: “This is a hugely disappointing decision.

“Incineration is outdated, expensive and completely unnecessary.

“It produces 33 per cent more carbon than a gas-fired power station, when it is used without combined heat and power, as in this case.

“We should be doing all we can to reduce waste and reuse and recycle more.

“Incineration takes away the recycling incentive.

“For rubbish there are far cleaner, cheaper and more efficient technologies, such as anaerobic digestion, which we should be choosing.

“If the incinerator is built, it will be a decision that will be regretted for decades.”

The incinerator decision is almost certain to be voted through because it has backing from the Tory group, which has an overall majority, and Labour.

It will have a capacity of 200,000 tones of waste every year and collect rubbish from Worcestershire and Herefordshire, burning it to generate electricity, which is then sent to the national grid.

It will be run by West Mercia Waste until 2023, and from that point will be handed to councils in both counties to carry on operating.

The Conservative leadership has consistently backed the project, saying it is the best value-for-money option as landfill is forecast to be full by around 2024.

It also says other emerging ideas are riskier as they are yet to be proven.

Councillor Anthony Blagg, the cabinet member for the environment, said: “It provides the best value for money option, will rely on proven technology, and offers long term stability.

“I would not want to take a gamble on our future.”

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10:12pm Fri 20 Dec 13

PrivateSi says...

Worcester Green Party:

Your confused, infiltrated party has held back Britain's Waste Incineration Industry for years... We have over 4000 landfills with who knows how much combustible material (estimates are high)... That's a lot of potential power...

The waste is leaching into the soil and atmosphere at ground level (slowly, admittedly) ... Most people are now not convinced by Global Warming models, or Carbon Taxes POLLUTING the energy market economics...

BEATS FRACKING, should have been rolled out gradually, nationally, 20+ years ago - 1 for each county until we have one for each landfill... Start with the biggest sites first...

If all the money wasted by climatologists had been put into CLEAN BURN, Chemically-Filtered WASTE INCINERATION the world would be a better place... When you say 'Recycle' don't you mean 'REMELT' AND 'REFORM' using HEAT and some point in the recycling process??
Worcester Green Party: Your confused, infiltrated party has held back Britain's Waste Incineration Industry for years... We have over 4000 landfills with who knows how much combustible material (estimates are high)... That's a lot of potential power... The waste is leaching into the soil and atmosphere at ground level (slowly, admittedly) ... Most people are now not convinced by Global Warming models, or Carbon Taxes POLLUTING the energy market economics... BEATS FRACKING, should have been rolled out gradually, nationally, 20+ years ago - 1 for each county until we have one for each landfill... Start with the biggest sites first... If all the money wasted by climatologists had been put into CLEAN BURN, Chemically-Filtered WASTE INCINERATION the world would be a better place... When you say 'Recycle' don't you mean 'REMELT' AND 'REFORM' using HEAT and some point in the recycling process?? PrivateSi

10:20am Sat 21 Dec 13

Casmal says...

PrivateSi wrote:
Worcester Green Party:

Your confused, infiltrated party has held back Britain's Waste Incineration Industry for years... We have over 4000 landfills with who knows how much combustible material (estimates are high)... That's a lot of potential power...

The waste is leaching into the soil and atmosphere at ground level (slowly, admittedly) ... Most people are now not convinced by Global Warming models, or Carbon Taxes POLLUTING the energy market economics...

BEATS FRACKING, should have been rolled out gradually, nationally, 20+ years ago - 1 for each county until we have one for each landfill... Start with the biggest sites first...

If all the money wasted by climatologists had been put into CLEAN BURN, Chemically-Filtered WASTE INCINERATION the world would be a better place... When you say 'Recycle' don't you mean 'REMELT' AND 'REFORM' using HEAT and some point in the recycling process??
Perhaps you should read the facts about this incinerator. I do not belong to the Green Party, but I am deeply concerned about just how much this will cost, not only to build, but to run. Plus we will have to send materials that would have been recycled to be burnt in the incinerator, plus we may well have to import rubbish, just to keep it going!!! Yes, we have to send less to landfill, so why aren't the various local councils concentrating in increasing recycling - food waste constitutes a huge percentage of waste sent to landfill and a huge percentage of the greenhouse gasses given off at landfill sites, yet no local council will be recycling food waste soon. There are also all kinds of plastics that could also be recycled, but the County Council has chosen not to expand to include these.

So, do your research on this incinerator and on the viable alternatives. I am no tree-hugging Green, just a resident who is exceedingly concerned at the poor management of my money and the poor value for money I am getting from my council tax.
[quote][p][bold]PrivateSi[/bold] wrote: Worcester Green Party: Your confused, infiltrated party has held back Britain's Waste Incineration Industry for years... We have over 4000 landfills with who knows how much combustible material (estimates are high)... That's a lot of potential power... The waste is leaching into the soil and atmosphere at ground level (slowly, admittedly) ... Most people are now not convinced by Global Warming models, or Carbon Taxes POLLUTING the energy market economics... BEATS FRACKING, should have been rolled out gradually, nationally, 20+ years ago - 1 for each county until we have one for each landfill... Start with the biggest sites first... If all the money wasted by climatologists had been put into CLEAN BURN, Chemically-Filtered WASTE INCINERATION the world would be a better place... When you say 'Recycle' don't you mean 'REMELT' AND 'REFORM' using HEAT and some point in the recycling process??[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should read the facts about this incinerator. I do not belong to the Green Party, but I am deeply concerned about just how much this will cost, not only to build, but to run. Plus we will have to send materials that would have been recycled to be burnt in the incinerator, plus we may well have to import rubbish, just to keep it going!!! Yes, we have to send less to landfill, so why aren't the various local councils concentrating in increasing recycling - food waste constitutes a huge percentage of waste sent to landfill and a huge percentage of the greenhouse gasses given off at landfill sites, yet no local council will be recycling food waste soon. There are also all kinds of plastics that could also be recycled, but the County Council has chosen not to expand to include these. So, do your research on this incinerator and on the viable alternatives. I am no tree-hugging Green, just a resident who is exceedingly concerned at the poor management of my money and the poor value for money I am getting from my council tax. Casmal

12:02pm Sat 21 Dec 13

PrivateSi says...

The hinterland between villages and town is a good place for a small, 'local incinerator' (sorry, locals!)...

I agree that this seems expensive - we're playing catchup in a dodgy, PFI Infrastructure industry,,,

A small, modular system (more capacity, more filtering and purification facilities) would extend the system as and when needed / possible...

To me it makes sense to put 25% of the total state waste incineration funding to 4 large mega-dump incinerators (one in each country) and the rest to numerous small pilots with as much coming together of ideas and standardisation as possible for competition AND interoperability... Possibly so small that they only serve a few villages - and provide HOT WATER...

"National Consumerism" would be the Public-Private ownership model of choice (personally)...
The hinterland between villages and town is a good place for a small, 'local incinerator' (sorry, locals!)... I agree that this seems expensive - we're playing catchup in a dodgy, PFI Infrastructure industry,,, A small, modular system (more capacity, more filtering and purification facilities) would extend the system as and when needed / possible... To me it makes sense to put 25% of the total state waste incineration funding to 4 large mega-dump incinerators (one in each country) and the rest to numerous small pilots with as much coming together of ideas and standardisation as possible for competition AND interoperability... Possibly so small that they only serve a few villages - and provide HOT WATER... "National Consumerism" would be the Public-Private ownership model of choice (personally)... PrivateSi

5:05pm Sat 21 Dec 13

logicalN says...

The vast majority of my food waste has been recycled into energy and fertilizer for 30 years . The under sink waste disposal discharges to the foul sewer and thence to the village sewage works where it settles into the sludge. That sludge is the transported to a central treatment works where it is subjected to anaerobic digestion and produces methane and soil conditioner .
This is not a recommendation for anaerobic digestion for waste treatment as there are far more problems than the Green Party suggest even on the large scale that water companies have operated for over 40 years.
With either digestion or incineration there is extensive sorting and pretreatment involved , those who describe incineration as just a "fire in a box" should visit an installation and see what is involved
My comments on anaerobic digestion are from extensive personal experience , can any of its proponents claim that?
The vast majority of my food waste has been recycled into energy and fertilizer for 30 years . The under sink waste disposal discharges to the foul sewer and thence to the village sewage works where it settles into the sludge. That sludge is the transported to a central treatment works where it is subjected to anaerobic digestion and produces methane and soil conditioner . This is not a recommendation for anaerobic digestion for waste treatment as there are far more problems than the Green Party suggest even on the large scale that water companies have operated for over 40 years. With either digestion or incineration there is extensive sorting and pretreatment involved , those who describe incineration as just a "fire in a box" should visit an installation and see what is involved My comments on anaerobic digestion are from extensive personal experience , can any of its proponents claim that? logicalN

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