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Expert to look at waste plan

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to build an incinerator to deal with Cornwall's waste have commissioned an independent expert to compare the plans with their own suggestions.

Cornwall Waste Forum presented their alternative proposals for dealing with the waste to Cornwall Council earlier this year.

The group claimed that its report – which suggested the use of anaerobic digestion and increased recycling – would be more environmentally friendly and cheaper.

However, the council's Cabinet dismissed a request for the proposals to be evaluated independently, saying that it would not be able to scrap existing plans to build an incinerator at St Dennis without incurring large costs.

The group this week announced that it has commissioned its own independent assessment, employing consultants Eunomia.

Ken Rickard, chairman of the St Dennis branch of the forum, said: "The review will be led by Dr Dominic Hogg, the chairman of Eunomia, who is well known as the expert on food waste collection. The outcome of the review will influence our ongoing strategy and clarify grounds for further legal action."

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  • AD4Cornwall  |  October 31 2012, 3:47PM

    Here's Yorkshire's answer to the problem.....very comprehensive, very progressive. We would need something smaller in size though its the combination of technology here that works. http://tinyurl.com/abpf3fu

  • AD4Cornwall  |  October 22 2012, 8:54AM

    In a more considered approach, Cornwall has many food manufacturers which will produce wastage not to mention expired goods from shops in every town. These are real issues. Although avoidance of wastage is the ideal, changing societies habits doesn't happen overnight either so until waste avoidance begins with the folk who aspire to the lofty ideals and the idea catches on from there, we will be needing to deal with the waste produced in the present state of play. I've never seen so little support for progressive positive thinking. High recycling is the future, sit back and watch if you like but you'll be left in your chairs eventually. Give more thought to it and you will see the light. Either way, its great to see people being engaged on the topic. About the assessment, it's not funded by the council, it is independent.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  October 19 2012, 9:02PM

    Lets hope that Ken Rickard, chairman of the St Dennis branch of the forum and his cronies are paying for this out of their own pockets. After all what is an expert? An Ex is a has-been and a spurt is a drip under pressure!

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  • Phil_lip  |  October 19 2012, 8:39PM

    When you buy your stuff at the supermarket, take sheets of paper with you, unwrap the meats, fruit etc from the plastic wrappings and wrap it in the paper, then put in seperate bags, just like the butcher and grocer used to do in the old days, then give your excessively overused platic wrapping back to the cashier, and walk out. We should not be paying for this kind of thing as it is not needed, and paying for it twice is even more of a mickey take, so return it to the company that believes we need it and that is that. other than that I agree with Droofguy, buy less and don't overstock so less gets wasted.

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  • Droofguy  |  October 19 2012, 4:09PM

    Well, we can all start to help as we are all 'At the bottom of the food chain', only buy what you need to buy, only cook what you need to cook and only eat what you need to eat. Thus saving considerable amounts of money for yourself, and saving for the county taxpayers in reducing the cost of dealing with waste. Mind you, the first few years of savings will probably go in County Council legal costs for fighting the 'NIMBY' brigade in St Dennis,

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  • AD4Cornwall  |  October 19 2012, 12:26PM

    John Deane - Anaerobic Digestion Specialist If other technology were to be employed in the management of Cornwall's waste, I would say the opening of an anaerobic digestion facility would neither cause the incinerator to close nor stop it from being built. Anaerobic digestion will only take away the organic fraction of the waste (kitchen waste). On principle, this waste should be removed from the waste stream as it creates inefficiency in an incinerator. For every tonne of food waste burnt in an incinerator, enough energy to run an average house for a year is wasted. Now the significance is, when we assess the volumes of kitchen waste generated in the county in terms of energy losses. Cornwall will be generating 60 000t/year of food waste, this means roughly speaking, energy for 60 000 homes will be wasted if this material is incinerated. As energy bills continue to rise, I cannot see the justification for inefficiencies in technology. The bill to find all this energy will be passed on to individual households. Single parents, the elderly, the sick, people on minimum wage, and the unemployed will all pay the highest price for wasteage. I dont see sense in the ruling?

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