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Sneinton's Rubbish Day Out in Nottingham
Sneinton's Rubbish Day Out in Nottingham
Day of recycling fun in Sneinton to oppose incinerator expansion
On Saturday 3rd December, a community day was held in Sneinton, Nottingham, to raise awareness of the proposed expansion of the Eastcroft incinerator and promote recycling through fun and games. Sneinton's Rubbish Day Out was an event organised by the local community and the NAIL campaign.
Artists worked to put new use to waste materials as lantern making, basket weaving, banner painting and wallet making workshops will take place throughout the day. Other activities included poetry, speakers, live music and refreshments from the new Sneinton community cafe collective.
A day to show people there are better and more positive ways of dealing with waste other than incineration.
Sneinton's Rubbish Day Out was held at the Old School Hall, Windmill Lane, Sneinton, Nottingham. With workshops and info from 11am to 4pm. Admission free.
Later, we had some live music, with some assorted bands, all played with some enthusiasm!!
A good time was had by all.
Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill (NAIL) has been campaigning to stop the proposed expansion of Eastcroft Incinerator for the last year. The group recently stepped up it's campaign and erected a large banner on Sneinton Boulevard. Other activities included a well attended public meeting, a gathering on the Market Square and a picket at a presentation organised by the Waste Recycling Group (WRG) who own the incinerator and has submitted the application for expansion.
We say: "The council should make a bigger effort to provide recycling facilties instead of taking the easy option of burning all our waste".
It is expected the council will make a decision on the application early next year. The NAIL campaign will continue to oppose the expansion and promote waste management alternatives.
Nottingham's Eastcroft municipal incinerator is proposing to expand its facility, please support our campaign to prevent the expansion of this unnecessary, highly polluting, poorly regulated plant.
Our Labour City Council is supporting the expansion that will see other people’s waste being imported from the surroundings counties, to be incinerated in Nottingham to pollute our air. At NAIL we want our City to enter into the 21st Century and put incineration in the past, where it belongs.
We are campaigning to get our City Council to stop supporting the incinerator, oppose the expansion plans and end its contract with Waste Recycling Group and improve on its appallingly low recycling rate of 9 only %.
We must end the madness of incineration and the continued pollution of our most precious resource, air the substance of life.
We have a right to breath air free of dust, heavy metals, chemicals and substances that we know are highly poisonous and cause cancer.
Incinerators do NOT destroy waste, it is one of the fundamental principles of science that matter can never be destroyed; it can only ever be transformed. Incinerators basically turn rubbish into ash, gases and particulate matter. These gases and the poisons are spewed into the atmosphere, to the air, which we breathe. Eventually they fall to earth where we consume the poisons through our food.
Incinerators DO NOT destroy waste, our rubbish still exists we may see less of it, but we’re inhaling and eating it instead.
Why should the expansion be stopped.
Nottingham City has one of the lowest recycling rates in the country, only 9%. Instead of increasing this to a more acceptable level, it is proposed to increase the incineration rate by building a third line and importing other people’s waste! Proposals could mean that waste is imported in Nottingham from Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and incinerated in Nottingham to poison the residents of Nottingham.
Incinerators are highly polluting and poorly regulated.
They contribute to global warming.
They produce ‘Acid Rain’ gases.
Other wastes include toxic heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium, tin, and other poisons such as PCB's and Dioxins, which are extremely cancerous.
The most poisonous substances, such as PCB's and Dioxins are only spot measured twice a year, so the overall discharged levels are estimated levels.
Traffic delivering rubbish to the plant and removing ash will increase by 50 % leading to local disturbance and pollution.
The incinerator costs Nottingham's Council Tax payers around a £1,000,000 per year.
Much of what the incinerator burns waste, which could otherwise be recycled, thereby reducing pollution & employing more people.
The current plant regularly breaches its authorised emission levels.
Recycling paper uses 67% less energy than manufacturing it from raw wood pulp.
Recycling 1 aluminium drink can save enough energy to run a TV for 5 hours.
Did you know?
Most of Nottingham City’s waste is incinerated, NOT recycled.
The proposed expansion will lead to industrial waste being imported from the surrounding area.
Manufacturing paper from recycled material not only save forests, but uses a third of the energy requirements than manufacturing it from wood pulp.
Up to 80 % of household waste can be recycled.
The City Council is losing £1 million per year of your money as a result of its heating contract with the incinerator
A British study of municipal incinerators published in 2000 found that children living within 5km of an incinerator had twice the rate of leukaemia and cancers of other children.
The Sint Niklaas incinerator in Belgium met E.U safety limits but was shown to cause a 480% increase in cancer amongst local residents and shortened life spans by 12 years - it was shut down.
Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill [NAIL] 0845 458 2813
Nottingham Friends of the Earth http://nottfoe.gn.apc.org/index.htm
Waste Recycling Group Ltd. Eastcroft Incinerator http://www.wrg.co.uk/eastcroft
and ....... earlier on Indymedia about this issue, see:
NAIL campaign 'banner drop' at Sneinton Boulevard
Previous 'Feature Article'
Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill [NAIL], Market Square Protest
Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill [NAIL] - Public Meeting in Sneinton
Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill [NAIL] Protest against expansion