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Stanley calls for incineration ban

21 July, 2011 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Fein Spokesperson on the Environment Deputy Brian Stanley today proposed an amendment to the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill that would have banned incineration if supported by the government.

The Laois-Offaly TD said;

“We fully acknowledge that Ireland faces a waste management crisis, this is a global problem not unique to Ireland. But we have an opportunity to make the right decision for Ireland by supporting this amendment.

“When we tackle the waste crisis we must also tackle the causes of the crisis. We cannot simply continue to produce waste and then simply burn the problem away. Building a mass burning incinerator similar to that proposed for this Dublin’s Poolbeg Peninsula is far from the solution.

“In fact a closer look at incineration will show that incinerators are part of the problem. The incinerator proposed for the Poolbeg Peninsula has the capacity to burn more waste that this city even produces. So the choice for the operators, Covanta, would be to either import waste or to encourage government policies that produce waste, more rubbish to burn, more profits for the owners.

“EU directives, quite rightly, are restricting our land fill options, so to simply turn to burning or waste is not the solution. We need to adopt a Zero Waste Strategy similar to the New Zealand model. We need to drastically reduce the waste we produce, this is done by reducing the packaging, we need to reuse products, reintroduce glass bottles, invest in glass recycling.

“The fact that this state has no glass recycling is a damning indictment of our failed waste management policies. We also need to invest in our fledgling recycling industry. If the millions used to fund the huge PR operation in promoting incinerators was used to promote and invest in recyling that industry would be in a much better and more sustainable position than it is today.

“This amendment would allow us to pursue a waste management strategy that is based on reducing, reusing and recycling. This is an opportunity to right the wrongs of failed government policies since 1999, where incineration was the corner stone of waste management. Sinn Féin will continue to work with campaigning groups to ensure the future is incineration free.” ENDS

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