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Die Hard eco star Jeremy Irons backs Glosain's campaign against Javelin Park incinerator plans

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: February 13, 2013

Hollywood star Jeremy Irons pledges his support to GlosVain.

Hollywood star Jeremy Irons pledges his support to GlosVain.

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ECO alternatives should be investigated instead of sending black bin bag rubbish to the controversial county incinerator, says Green councillor Martin Whiteside.

He says Stroud District Council should look at further recycling options and never send local waste to the planned mass burner at Javelin Park in Haresfield.

His suggestion came as Hollywood actor Jeremy Irons backed anti-incinerator activists in their campaign against the Gloucestershire County Council proposals.

Coun Whiteside (Thrupp), supported by Coun Paul Denney (Lab, Cam West) will submit a motion at next Thursday's full Stroud District Council meeting.

It will say that refuse left in bin bags, after the current recyclables are separated and collected, could be treated through one or more contracts with recycling providers.

"This is about researching the options," said Coun Whiteside.

"Much more could be recycled. One of the problems with the incinerator is it doesn't encourage that. We would like to look at the possibilities, anaerobic digestion for biological material, pyrolysis, we think we could do a better job."

The district council has already objected on planning grounds to the county council's energy from waste idea for Javelin Park.

Opponents from Gloucestershire Vale Against Incineration have enlisted Die Hard star Irons to their cause. The actor appears in the environmental documentary film Trashed.

Glosain, in a newly-released independent report it commissioned, alleges the county is breaching EU law with its plan.

But the county's incinerator project champion Coun Stan Waddington (Con, Minchinhampton) said the report was "fundamentally flawed".

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  • Ysedra  |  February 13 2013, 5:18PM

    I thought the options were researched, ad nauseam. Did the opposing coucillors, from Labour, the Lib Dems and the Green Party, lose their voices?

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