On Thursday 19th September 2013, Zero Waste North West organised a public meeting at the City Hotel, Derry to inform people about the Gasification-Incinerator proposed for a site at Strathfoyle near Derry and the more sustainable alternatives. (The campaign Website is at derryair.eu )
Two speakers joined us by video link across the internet:
Dr Paul Connett, professor of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, called the proposed 25 year contract for the incinerator at Strathfoyle: “preposterous”. He talked at length about how incineration produces nano-particles of bio-accumulative toxins. He concluded by offering to come to Derry in person to debate the merits of gasification-incineration compared to a Zero Waste approach, with any engineer prepared to speak in favour of the process.
Mal Williams from Zero Waste Wales, said: “waste is a mistake”. He has been involving communities in Wales in setting up simple systems for doorstep sorting and collecting of resources. He gave an example of the village of St Arvans in South East Wales, where with minimum funding it increased its diversion from landfill rate from 35% to 67% in one month!
This should be good news for councils facing massive fines under EU landfill directives and a practical alternative to the £500 million Gasification-incineration project proposed by Derry City Council and the other six councils making up the NW Region Waste Management Group.