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Public meeting held to discuss Lawrence blaze
6:10am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
A PUBLIC meeting was held to discuss the issues surrounding Lawrence Recycling’s major blaze and how regulation of the recycling industry should be improved.
About 40 people attended the meeting at the Cornerstone Family Church in Stourport organised by Wyre Forest Green Party, Wyre Forest Friends of the Earth and the Hereford and Worcester Action Group (HWAG).
The meeting also discussed the relationship between the Stourport Road blaze, which started on June 16, and recycling in general, focusing on the issues surrounding the proposed Hartlebury Incinerator.
Wyre Forest Green Party parliamentary spokesman Stephen Brown spoke first to explain how the Lawrence Recycling fire had affected the district.
He spoke about the way the public authorities dealt with the fire, the cost to the taxpayer and the impact on health.
Mr Brown told the meeting: “When people were ringing the authorities, they were all pointing the finger at each other. One of our members within our group spent two days on the phone to find out who he needed to speak to.
“There are some real issues here about the way the industry is regulated.”
Mr Brown also called for the recycling industry’s £250,000 insurance bond to be brought back after it was recently scrapped by the Government.
An edited version of Jeremy Irons’ film Trashed was then shown, which highlighted the need for world leaders to be more responsible with waste. It showed the negative affects of incineration, dioxin poisoning and landfill.
HWAG representatives also spoke at the meeting to give some of the reasons why they are opposing Worcestershire County Council’s plan for an incinerator at Hartlebury.
Louise Brookes, HWAG member, gave figures in an effort to prove that the cheapest waste treatments were also the greenest and announced recycling rates for each of the local district councils.
Wyre Forest District Council currently recycles 30 per cent of waste while Wychavon District Council recycles 44 per cent as food waste is collected every other week.
The Jeremy Irons film showed how places like San Francisco were recycling nearly 80 per cent of the city’s waste.
Meeting organisers then took questions from the public who asked about health issues and asked for recycling tips.
Campaigners now hope to meet Secretary of State Eric Pickles to discuss recycling industry regulation and were keen to get the public’s comments to take to the meeting.
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