On Saturday 20th March, Chesterfield will play host to a gathering of anti-incineration campaigners from around the country when the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the church on Spencer Street.

UKWIN is a network of 110 campaigners and campaign groups from throughout the UK. Many of these will be represented at the AGM, where they will listen to guest speaker Alan Watson deliver a presentation tracing the history of the anti-incineration movement.

Alan Watson will deliver a presentation tracing the history of the anti-incineration movement

Alan Watson will deliver a presentation tracing the history of the anti-incineration movement

Mr Watson, Director of Public Interest Consultants, is a recognised expert on waste treatment and disposal, and a former a member of Environmental Protection Advisory Committee for the Environment Agency in Wales. He previously worked for the Department of the Environment and was the senior specialist on Industry and Pollution for Friends of the Earth.

Participants will also be treated to a presentation from waste statistician Keith Kondakor about current trends in waste reduction and how to use waste data to support anti-incineration campaigning.

UKWIN’s National Coordinator, Shlomo Dowen, will explain how his High Court victory means campaigners can use the Audit Commission Act to reveal the financial arrangements behind large waste contracts.

This year’s AGM will be hosted by the local Chesterfield, Derbyshire and Derby groups.

Julie Harrington of Chesterfield Against Incineration (CAI) explains:

The event is particularly timely as a decision by Derbyshire County Council on whether to refuse planning permission for an incinerator in Chesterfield is imminent.

The planning application from the Wales-based firm Cyclamax, for a hazardous, commercial waste incinerator on Dunston Road, Chesterfield has generated an over-whelming level of public opposition from both residents and businesses, with over 11,000 objections to date, as well as opposition from every parish, town, borough and district council in the area.

The event will be an opportunity for local waste campaign groups to compare notes with others from throughout the UK. UKWIN’s National Coordinator, Shlomo Dowen, is looking forward to the event.

Gatherings like this one are always uplifting for those involved. They combine the serious work of campaigning and the joy of being with like-minded people.

According to Friends of the Earth’s Keith Kondakor:

Incineration is a false solution. Using the Earth’s finite resources more efficiently and cost-effectively demands more reuse, recycling and composting. Burning valuable materials is economic madness. We have just started on a recycling revolution in the UK that is diverting waste from landfill more quickly, more safely and less expensively than these costly, wasteful and unloved incinerator projects.

CAI’s Julie Harrington adds:

UKWIN has been a very valuable source of information and a great source of support for the campaign group, providing access to well-researched data and evidence on a range of safer and greener alternatives to gasification/incineration; experts on incineration processes and their environmental impacts; and case studies from councils across the country that have already ruled out incineration as an option in their waste strategies.

We encourage anyone interested in the subject to attend the AGM and benefit from the vast amount of knowledge and experience that UKWIN has gathered on these controversial and potentially health-damaging technologies.

2 Responses to “WINners gather in Chesterfield”

  1. From Friends of the Earth’s current edition of Change Your World
    http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/newsletters/cyw_81_mar_apr_2010.pdf

    Share the strength of the UKWIN network

    2009 ended with some notable victories for anti-incineration campaigns, many involving Friends of the Earth groups and other members of the UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN).

    UKWIN is holding its AGM on 20 March, in Chesterfield. If you’d like to hear inspiring
    updates on current campaigns and discuss the future direction of UKWIN, contact
    coordinator@ukwin.org.uk. You can become a member of UKWIN by joining for free at
    http://www.ukwin.org.uk/apply/, and you can sign up to UKWIN’s blog at http://www.ukwin.org.uk/
    feed/.

    Many of these planned incinerators have been proposed to take advantage of £2 billion of taxpayer funding the Government is offering councils to subsidise new waste plants. The forthcoming General Election offers an opportunity to push for a commitment to stop this funding and opt instead for more sustainable policies on
    waste management. If you’ve not already done so, please send an email to each of
    the main political parties at http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/biodiversity/press_for_change/incineration_22737.html

    If you get the opportunity, why not also raise this issue with prospective parliamentary
    candidates or their canvassers?

    For more information: http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns

  2. Peter Jones’s YouTube series gave a very valuable insight into the various waste aspects, with a practical forecast for the future, which is absolutely essential to counter unsustainable options.

    I take issue with his views on the Zero Waste trend, a householder/consumer perspective. An example might help explain ie The late 60’s film Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, starring Donald Sutherland.

    In this scenario, Donald plays vested-interests etc, while bodysnatchers are played by Zero Waste enthusiasts.

    in the film Donald et al, face outbreaks of Zero Waste Alternatives which are countered by every means possible, but to little avail. In the finale, even Donald succumbs, with a cry of “kkkheeeeeeeeeeeeeeech”.

    That is another view of the future.

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