Hundreds join demonstration urging incinerator plan to be abandoned

Site will have the capacity to burn 200,000 extra tonnes of waste a year

Friday, 21st January — By Anna Lamche

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Objectors to the controversial plans took part in a march on Sunday

PROTESTERS gathered over the weekend, urging politicians to “be brave” and scrap controversial plans for a new waste-burning incinerator.

Hundreds of campaigners from across north London met near Edmonton Green station on Sunday in opposition to the site’s expansion.

Under the plans, which were agreed in December, the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) intends to demolish the existing incinerator and replace it with a larger plant.

The new site will have the capacity to burn 200,000 extra tonnes of waste a year – an increase of 40 per cent.

Objectors fear what will be pumped into the sky will undermine attempts to tackle the climate emergency.

The NLWA handles waste for seven boroughs: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Waltham Forest and Islington. Speeches were delivered and an estimated 400 protesters marched through the streets holding yellow banners.

The march was billed as the final chance for protesters to voice their dissent before the NLWA signs a contract with Acciona, the Spanish construction company and sole bidder for the project.

The contract, which the NLWA’s legal team is in the process of final­ising, was due to be signed off this week.

Extinction Rebellion campaigner Ben Griffiths said: “People at the march were saying there will be many more marches, and there was lots of talk about making sure this incinerator will be an issue in the local elections coming up in May.”

This week the anti-incinerator campaign also launched a fundraiser that will help bankroll a legal challenge against the project. Costing £1.2 billion, protesters say the project is too costly and conflicts with the council’s pledge to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Others are worried about the “ultrafine” particles released by the incinerator, which protesters say will worsen air pollution and impact the health of residents across north London.

The NLWA, however, has said the incinerator is the only effective way to deal with non-recyclable waste.

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