Anti-incinerator protestors to descend on Shire Hall
Protestors who object to the constructing of a new £500 million incinerator near Gloucester are to show their opposition to the plan again this morning.
Environmental and residents groups will wear gas masks and protective clothing outside Gloucestershire County Council's headquarters from 9.30am to illustrate their health fears if the site at Haresfield got the go-ahead.
They will be sending their message to councillors who sit on the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee.
The councillors are considering whether to 'call-in' the signing of a contract to Urbaser Balfour Beatty to build the incinerator which would deal with Gloucestershire's waste.
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If it is called in, the plans could be put on hold.
Diana Shirley, spokesperson for protest group GlosAIN, said: "We hope that the call-in will be successful. More and more people are realising that an incinerator would be an expensive blot on the landscape, burning valuable resources, damaging the environment and producing toxic fly ash.
"This is an opportunity for a change in direction, and a move towards environmentally friendly solutions that are already being used in the UK."
But Javier Peiro, project director for UBB, said that the incinerator was a better alternative to the increasingly-expensive landfill.
Mr Peiro said: "All of us want to recycle more and waste less. But no matter how much we recycle in future, there's always going to be some rubbish we can't recycle – the residual waste.
"At the moment Gloucestershire is burying thousands of tonnes of unrecyclable rubbish in landfill. Instead, we could be using this rubbish to generate energy to create enough power for 25,000 homes and reduce damaging greenhouse gases produced by landfill by 40,480 tonnes of CO2 equivalent."