Gloucestershire Energy from Waste plant condemned by Stroud District Council

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The facility is expected to convert 19,000 tonnes of residual waste per year

Stroud District Council have published a statement condemning the opening of the Javelin Park Energy from Waste plant in Haresfield, Gloucestershire.

As the Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) plant began operations this week, council leaders Doina Cornell, Martin Whiteside and Ken Tucker released a joint statement claiming it was a ‘disaster’.

It said: “It [the facility] is expensive to run, the contract undermines attempts to reduce the amount of waste we produce and recycle and will undermine our commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030 and tackle climate change.

“Although we have a legal duty to take our household waste to Javelin Park, we will do everything we can to ensure that the least amount possible is sent for incineration.”

Earlier this week, Extinction Rebellion protestors blockaded the path and demanded to look inside vehicles to check no recyclable waste was being sent there.

Waste disposal authority Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) has criticised the protests for interrupting collections.

A spokesperson said: “While we respect the right to peaceful protest, the actions taken by protesters has meant the collection of residual waste from a number of communities across Gloucester was not collected, with their next scheduled collection not for another fortnight.

“The Gloucestershire EfW facility has been granted the necessary permissions to operate by the Environment Agency, in which we have full confidence, and brings to an end our reliance on landfill and the associated environmental impact.”

Not for profit group Community R4c has taken Gloucestershire County Council to court to challenge the £650m Energy from Waste contract awarded to UBB claiming it broke procurement rules.

The facility is expected to convert 19,000 tonnes of residual waste per year.

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