As Urbaser Balfour Beatty hopes to impose a new incinerator on Gloucestershire – one of the last actions of former planning minister Eric Pickles which will be contested by Stroud District Council at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on June 25th – Birmingham Friends of the Earth is calling on the city council to introduce a greener waste system, to make it easier for everyone to reduce, re-use and recycle, so that the city makes best use of its local resources.

The City Council’s contract with the owners of the Tyseley incinerator, Veolia, expires in 2019, leaving four years in which to find a better solution.

tyseley infant deaths chart

Though other factors will be involved in higher rates of infant death in areas surrounding the incinerator, regular rigorous examination of the data on these deaths should have been made and measures taken to address them.

BFOEAs part of its upcoming Go Local: Waste isn’t Rubbish campaign, Birmingham Friends of the Earth is calling on Birmingham City Council to introduce a greener waste system, to make it easier for everyone to reduce, re-use and recycle, and so that our city makes best use of its local resources. They have set up a Waste isn’t Rubbish petition:

I want Birmingham City Council to:

  • Make it easier for people like me to recycle food waste, by providing a food waste collection and more support for home and community composting.
  • Make it easier for people like me to recycle more types of waste from home.
  • Use local companies to process our waste.

Readers may sign it here.

 

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