Waste is fall­ing so why an in­cin­er­a­tor?

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

RE: Progress on waste sta­tion ‘im­pres­sive’, Buck­ing­hamshire Advertiser, p6, July 2. I RE­FER to your ar­ti­cle on the waste sta­tion (p6, July 2) an­nounc­ing the open­ing of the £200 mil­lion in­cin­er­a­tor in north Bucks.

The busi­ness case de­pends upon a year-on year in­crease in waste over 30 years. In fact, in the last five years, waste has been de­creas­ing and shows ev­ery sign of con­tin­u­ing to do so. This means we, Buck­ing­hamshire res­i­dents, face pay­ing for an in­cin­er­a­tor out of our coun­cil tax, due to the in­evitable short­fall in waste. Im­ple­ment­ing a zero-waste pol­icy, backed by mod­ern, smallscale waste treat­ment, with­out in­her­ent the trans­porta­tion costs, makes much more sense.

Mean­while, a re­quest from our county coun­cil­lor for £50m to start the long over­due road resur­fac­ing pro­gramme on the worstmain­tained highways in the UK has been re­fused by Bucks County Coun­cil be­cause of aus­ter­ity.

As you dodge the next pot­hole, be grate­ful for this won­der­ful waste fa­cil­ity for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

CHRIS BROWN Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil

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