Call for cleaner option to burning waste

The Labour group are urging the Conservative controlled district council to push the county council for a greener option to incinerating waste. The opposition group feel the council must investigate other options to their preference to burn waste that wo

The Labour group are urging the Conservative controlled district council to push the county council for a greener option to incinerating waste.

The opposition group feel the council must investigate other options to their preference to burn waste that would otherwise go into landfill.

Hitchin Labour councillor, Deepak Sangha, said: "I do feel that we as councillors have to interrogate and scrutinise the council's and the county's strategies on climate change. They both claim that they are keen to reduce carbon emissions by introducing measures that lead to lower emissions.

"One of the areas where I think that they have a significant control is alternatives to landfill - to consider technologies that emit the least emissions.


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"The County at present is inviting tenders from companies to put in a waste disposal operation as alternative to landfill so that government and European targets are met.

"At present the county's preference is to go for Energy from Waste with Combined Heat and Power. However, in its brief to the six potential waste disposal companies, it has invited them to suggest other technologies to reduce the carbon foot print.

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"The county is at a point where its decision can have a vital impact on the environment but where it can make a decision that can provide a cleaner and a better environment for the people in North Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire as a whole.

"As Herts County Council is a strategic partner of North Hertfordshire District Council, I think it is NHDC's role and responsibility to push the county towards a cleaner and more environment friendly waste disposal solution."

The group will put forward a motion to this effect at a full district council meeting on Thursday.

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