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Anti-incinerator campaigners meet
Waste dump
Rubbish would be burned to produce energy
Campaigners against plans for a waste incinerator in Perthshire are set to meet to debate the best way of taking forward their campaign.

A public meeting will be held in Abernethy on Monday night to discuss plans for Binn Farm, south of Perth.

Perth and Kinross Council gave planning permission for the plant, which will produce energy from waste, despite hundreds of objections.

Green MSP Robin Harper will be among those at the gathering.

The meeting was called by the Tayside Environmental Action Group, which fears that SITA's incinerator will be a risk to health, cause pollution and negatively affect property prices.

Mr Harper said: "Incineration makes recycling less economic, and it's ludicrous to encourage the production of even more waste to feed incinerators when we should be reducing it instead.

"Local communities, like this one near Binn Farm, do not want to live with incinerators, and even the waste industry says it's not needed.

"There are viable, cost effective and environmentally friendly alternatives to incineration which I, Tayside Environmental Action Group, and many in the local community here in Perth and Kinross would like to see replacing the plans for an incinerator at Binn Farm."

Using the waste in this way will help ease pressure on the natural resources of coal and gas
Perth and Kinross Council

A spokesman for Perth and Kinross Council confirmed that no-one from the local authority would be attending the meeting.

However he said: "The campaign against energy from waste proposes anaerobic digestion as the alternative means of dealing with household waste.

"Anaerobic digestion is a process in which bio-degradable waste is broken down into methane gas and a compost-like material.

"In Perth and Kinross, most bio-degradable waste such as paper, garden waste and food is removed at the kerbside and recycled/composted separately.

"What we are left with is a residual waste that is not compatible with anaerobic digestion.

"We feel that using this residual waste to produce energy is more effective than simply putting it in a hole in the ground.

"Using the waste in this way will help ease pressure on the natural resources of coal and gas, which would otherwise require to be burnt to produce electrical power."

SEE ALSO
Waste reduction 'not on target'
19 Sep 07 |  Scotland
Councils 'plan more incinerators'
08 Aug 07 |  Scotland
Controversial incinerator backed
19 Dec 06 |  Tayside and Central

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