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Charles Walker MP lays into Veolia

Posted by hertswow on March 14, 2017 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

See MRW, "MP targets Veolia over Hertfordshire scheme" 13th March 2017, by Robin Latchem: link

Our Quick Guide to the Consultation, January to March 2017

Posted by hertswow on March 9, 2017 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

You can download this from  our Library. We also have a version for western Essex and the Lower Lea Valley. Please refer to theCounty Council's documents for official guidance.

Public Health England's study

Posted by hertswow on March 6, 2017 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 Incinerator health study results expected in 2017: link 

"Findings of a series of studies into the potential impacts of waste incinerators on human health are now expected to be presented for review in Spring 2017 – rather than 2016, a government minister has confirmed.

. . . 

In total, the project involves examining areas of up to 5km around 22 incinerators across England, as well as the Dundee Energy Recycling Ltd EfW in Scotland."

P.S. see updated post in April... 

Veolia's proposal for Incinerator at Hoddesdon (2)

Posted by hertswow on March 2, 2017 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Herts CC - Veolia ES Contract

Posted by hertswow on February 21, 2017 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Herts CC have released a set of 30 redacted documents including the Contract and Schedules along with the latest Deed of Variation.

You can contact the Council, who are preparing to make the documents available online. Meanwhile you can access them via our Dropbox store https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/24474210/HertsWOW/Contract%20docs%20so%20far%20x30/HC_VES2017%20Contract%20docs%20so%20far%20x30.zip" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here. (as a large zip file @ 45.3 MB)

We have compared the redactions in the original and latest versions of the Contract and put a list of the differences into our Library.

We have identified that some documents are not in the set we have been sent so far, including four of the previous five deeds of variation. Next, we shall request those missing items from Herts. CC.

Veolia's proposal for Incinerator at Hoddesdon

Posted by hertswow on February 6, 2017 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 The public consultation on Veolia's planning application for a mass burn incinerator at Ratty's Lane, Hoddesdon opened, without fanfare, on 18th January 2017. https://cloud1.atriumsoft.com/HCCePlanningOPS/loadFullDetails.do?aplId=25790" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">pagehttps://cloud1.atriumsoft.com/HCCePlanningOPS/loadFullDetails.do?aplId=25790" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> 

On that page, click on the tiny heading 'documents' to open the list of documentation. 

Whilst the Map heading has no content at present, you will find a map of the site in the document listed as 'Consultation Site Plan.pdf'.

It is open for public responses until Wednesday 1st March. NOTE: if you miss that date, send in your views anyway, based on planning rules.

You do not have to live or work close to the site, of even in Hertfordshire or Essex, to express a view on the proposal.

MEPs back 70% recycling target

Posted by hertswow on January 25, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

This article was published today in LetsRecycle.com: link 

"The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has voted in favour of proposed amendments to the EU Circular Economy Package supporting an increase of the recycling target up to 70% by 2030." 

"Also agreed upon was inclusion of a requirement for separate collection of bio-waste, textiles and wood to be made mandatory – mirroring TEEP requirements already in place for the collection of paper, metal, plastic and glass." 

"Despite the UK’s impending exit from the EU, it is now anticipated that any Circular Economy legislation agreed by Europe will be adopted into UK law."

The target of 70% seems to lack ambition, in view of the fact that various authorities have already achieved or exceeded it! 

Veolia's planning application for Hoddesdon is available online

Posted by hertswow on January 25, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The set of documents that comprise the planning application is available here c/o the Hertfordshire e-Planning site: https://cloud1.atriumsoft.com/HCCePlanningOPS/loadFullDetails.do?aplId=25790" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">page.

To view a list of the main and associated items, click on the Documents heading at bottom-right of the page.

Petition to ban non-recyclable packaging

Posted by hertswow on January 8, 2017 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)
"The UK currently recycles 64% of all packaging waste, but only about 32% of plastic packaging waste."
Here is a petition to the UK Government calling for a ban on non-recyclable packaging: (https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/167596" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link)
If put into effect and enforced, that would largely scupper the economic basis of incinerator based energy-from-waste plants, since they rely on fossil fuel derived plastics for much of the calorific value of their feedstocks. It has attracted over 66,000 signatures so far but needs 100,000 to be considered for a debate in Parliament.

Garden waste charges in Welwyn-Hatfield

Posted by hertswow on January 1, 2017 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Welwyn hatfield Borough Council is urgently seeking savings in its annual budget. One proposed means of doing so is by making its discretionary service of collecting garden waste subject to an annual charge. It has run a consultation on the public reactions to a set of options for doing so. At special Cabinet and Council meetings on 9th January 2017 it will review the results of the consultation and seek to decide on the level of charges to apply.

However there's a big issue, since councils are obliged to collect food waste without charge to the householders. If the council introduces a charge for 'green' waste - which currently includes food waste, for composting - they will probably tell residents to put the food waste in the disposal bin for incineration or landfilling.

Local community groups are outraged at this backward step, even if it might be temporary while the council arranges for separate collection of the food waste. The groups are protesting very effectively via the local media (Welwyn Hatfield times and Mercury), by lobbying the councillors and by asking tough questions for the officers to answer.