SEPTEMBER 2015 UPDATE
Disclosure: still in the dark
Our requests for full disclosure from GCC of the planned Javelin Park incinerator contract, despite two months' chasing by the Information Commissioner's Office, are still being met with redacted documents. This is ridiculous and exasperating, but the Information Commissioner is still putting pressure on so it isn't over yet.
Recycling plant: a guiding light
In inspiring contrast, the response to the R4C project for a community benefit recycling plant has been hugely positive. The packed meeting on 7th July produced a core group of expert volunteers who have been working through the summer to get the project off the ground.
This plant could divert almost 95% of the county's black bag waste from potential incineration to efficient recycling and sustainable fuel creation. It can be implemented at District Council level - in line with the legal duty to re-use and recycle wherever possible.
Local well-known names Tom Percival (illustrator) and Kevin McCloud (presenter) have produced a fantastic little animation which explains it all
in 3 minutes.Watch it by clicking below. Please share it!
The project has also met with positive responses from local businesses and politicians.
Who needs an incinerator?
With this possibility now in place, the future for a mass-burn incinerator doesn't look so sure (despite planning permission). Within the next few years it may well become illegal to burn what could be recycled. R4C could therefore save the council from saddling us with an expensive redundancy.
The next step is to make this clear, and show what the public really supports.
What you can do to help:
- come along
to the next 38 Degrees Stroud meeting on Monday 21st September
, 7.30pm at the Old Town Hall where we will be focusing on the progress of this project, what it can do and how we can support it, for the sake of our health, our pockets and our landscape. RSVP here
. Read more in SNJ about the upcoming meeting here
your own community,
or help with high street leafletting - if you are interested in offering a little of your time to help spread the word in this or other ways please contact Lizzie here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for caring about this issue, and I look forward to seeing many of you on the 21st.