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Demand to keep incinerator shut
Allington incinerator
Allington incinerator should have been fully functional this summer
Green Party activists have called for the permanent closure of an incinerator which is currently out of operation while furnace linings are repaired.

The operator of Allington incinerator, near Maidstone in Kent, said it will be closed until the spring.

"We see this as an opportunity not to reopen the incinerator at all," said Stuart Jeffrey, of Maidstone Greens.

Kent County Council (KCC) said the closure had not affected its long-term waste management strategy.

The incinerator was to have been running at full capacity this summer but had to be closed in July because of the faulty linings.

'Zero waste'

Operator Kent Enviropower had to apologise to residents in the area about the smell from 4,700 tonnes of rubbish which built up at the site.

It was removed to landfill over several weeks.

"It is anticipated that the Energy from Waste plant at Allington will restart treating waste in the spring," the company said in a statement.

But Mr Jeffery said there needed to be a radical rethink on rubbish.

"We should be reducing our rubbish and aim for a zero waste society if possible," he said.

"You can't just have a quick fix, which this incinerator has always been."

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