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Sinn Féin will oppose incinerator plan

12 March, 2013 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has vowed to fight the plan for an incinerator to be built in Newtownabbey.

The North Belfast MLA said the party was totally against this method of waste disposal and the way to deal with waste is reuse, reduce and recycle.

Gerry Kelly said:

“The plan to impose an incinerator in Newtownabbey will see Sinn Féin join the community and use all the political strength we brought to bare on previous campaigns against similar schemes.

“The reason we have been successful in the previous campaigns is because we had the support of the community. The way to deal with waste is not by burning it but by using progressive environmental considerations and on sound economic evidence.

“It is planned that this site would take in waste from 11 councils with a huge number of lorries daily coming in and out of the plant. Our party has consistently opposed this method of dealing with waste across Ireland and will continue to do so.

“Belfast’s geography is a natural basin and pollutants collect at times of high pressure weather conditions. Only last week high air pollution levels were being recorded in Belfast yet here we have plans to incinerate a massive amount of waste of the outskirts of the city

“The way to deal with waste is reuse, reduce and recycle. With the support of the residents, who are aware of the down-affects of this type of site, this battle can be won.”

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