Alistair Cameron objects to application to build incinerator at Javelin Park

June 8, 2012 12:59 PM

A picture of someone disposing of rubbish correctly

Alistair Cameron, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Tewkesbury Constituency has written to Gloucestershire County Council opposing the application to build an incinerator at Javelin Park.

Alistair said: "I am very concerned about the health impact of incineration. Incinerators emit a variety of toxic substances (such as dioxins and heavy metals) which can have negative health effects. The UK Health Protection Agency has commissioned a new study into "birth outcomes" around incinerators and we should not be making a decision until we have the results of this study."

Alistair is particularly concerned about the prospect of the incinerator ash, which includes toxic waste, being dumped at the hazardous waste site at Wingmoor Farm near Bishops Cleeve.

Alistair believes the need for an incinerator has not been proven. He said: "The County Council is assuming that waste will rise steadily whereas the figures from DEFRA show a downward trend over 7 years. We could therefore be left with a very expensive incinerator which will depend on commercial and industrial waste being imported from outside the County. We should instead be reducing our waste through reusing and recycling materials and through alternative technologies such as Mechanical and Biological Treatment Plants which are widely used in the UK."