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Put the heat from waste to better use
AMEY-CESPA will tell you that the proposed incinerator for Allerton could heat 40,000 homes, but it won’t because our ‘realistic option’ is to build it in the middle of nowhere. Thousands of polluting lorries will take the waste to the site.
In the UK, we worry about dioxin emissions and alleged threats to recycling. Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, France and Italy all incinerate more waste than we do and also recycle more than we do.
Eurostat figures for 2008 show that while Sweden incinerated four times more waste per capita than we did in the UK, and did so in or close to their cities in order to make use of the waste heat, their urban exposure to particulates was no higher than in the UK.
The combined dioxin emission release from Sweden’s 31 energy-from-waste plants in 2007 was one gram. You would get the same amount of dioxin released if you burned around 380 kg of PVC, according to Greenpeace.
I thought we were in the middle of an economic crisis. If the plant were built nearer a city, properly regulated to control emissions, it could be heating tens of thousands of homes instead of pouring heat into the skies.
Christian Vassie, Blake Court, Wheldrake, York.
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