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Commenting on the Environment Minister’s decision to refuse planning permission to the proposed Ballyutoag Road waste incinerator, Friends of the Earth Campaigner, Declan Allison, said:

“This is the right decision by the Minister. This application was for the wrong technology, at the wrong scale, and in the wrong place. The Minister should be congratulated for this decision, but he should be wary of similar applications coming along in the future. Incineration is not the right way to deal with our rubbish. We need to reduce the amount of waste we produce, and recycle what can be recycled. That means we need to eliminate unnecessary packaging, for example, and collect more recyclable materials from people’s doorsteps.”

Mr Allison continued:

“Incineration cannot be made green just by calling it energy-from-waste. It is dirty and wasteful. Friends of the Earth does support some energy-from-waste technologies, like anaerobic digestion of food scraps and garden waste. With Combined Heat and Power it can generate both electricity and hot water efficiently and cleanly. We shouldn’t be complacent and think we can continue to produce as much waste as we are doing and expect some technical fix will sort it all out. Reduce, reuse, and recycle should be our mantra.”


A Friends of the Earth briefing on incineration can be found here

The DOE press release can be found here

For further information, please contact Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland on 028 9023 3488.


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