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Petition against this new incinerator

07 February, 2020

The existing Edmonton incinerator

• THE household rubbish we put out in orange sacks, together with commercial waste, is burnt in an incinerator in Edmonton as “skyfill”, releasing tons of carbon dioxide into the air and because it contains so much plastic, toxic pollution into the local community.

This is clearly no longer acceptable: we have declared a climate emergency, we have eight years to bring carbon emissions to zero and start reversing them; we understand what pollution does to the health of our children. Above all we must leave the planet in better shape for future generations.

And yet astonishingly there is now a plan to build a new £1.2billion incinerator in Edmonton which will release 700,000 tons of CO2 a year for 50 years or more.

I am writing to draw your readers’ attention to a petition which I urge them to sign, calling on Camden Council and our MP to withdraw support for the new Edmonton incinerator and also to use their influence with the North London Waste Authority, the GLA, the UK government: secretary of state and shadow secretary, and north London local authorities to halt and review the construction of a new incinerator at Edmonton for 2025.

We must sort rubbish so we recycle as much as possible and science must figure out how to deal with the existing micro plastic that is killing all sea life and birds. But we cannot put this on individuals not using plastic, the manufacturers have to stop making it and take responsibility for recycling. For example, only 10 per cent of drinks bottles are ever recycled.

Building an even bigger incinerator seemed like a good idea to the boroughs of Camden, Islington, Hackney, Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest, but this is a climate emergency and we must reduce our carbon emissions, not build archaic waste treatment systems.

In 2015 when the decision was taken, there was not the awareness of the damage the new incinerator would cause, or meaningful public consultation. It looked like a solution to allowing us to carry on generating waste and polluting the planet. There is no excuse now.

To sign the petition, please send me your name, contact details (phone or email), postcode. This information will only be used for the purpose of this petition. Please return to Dorothea Hackman at St Pancras Church, Euston Road, NW1 2BA or dhackman@btinternet.com

DOROTHEA HACKMAN
NW1

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