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Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Greens Oppose Plans for Invergordon Incinerator

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Highland Greens have voiced their opposition to the proposed Energy from waste plant at Invergordon, which would incinerate domestic and commercial rubbish to produce heat and electricity.

Highland Greens spokesperson Eleanor Scott said:

“Relying on a supply of rubbish to produce our heat and electricity is completely the wrong way to go.  The 21st century approach to waste is to design it out of the system — in other words to stop producing it — not to burn or bury it as in the past.

“Waste is not a renewable resource as the materials that burn to give most heat, such as plastics, are produced from non-renewable oil.

“The proposed incinerator could undermine current efforts to reduce and recycle waste — this would be environmentally disastrous.

“In the past the UK was left behind when other countries developed their recycling facilities and we continued to tip our waste into holes in the ground.  There is now a danger that we get left behind again as other countries move to a “zero waste” economy while we keep producing waste — and tip it into a furnace.

“We urge the people of Easter Ross to oppose this scheme and stop Invergordon becoming the incineration capital of the North.”