THE LAWRENCE FIRE AND WHY THINGS MUST CHANGE
DISRUPTION: The recent fire at Lawrences caused massive disruption to local residents
and businesses, not to mention the potential to harm our health.
AUTHORITIES RESPONSE: The first response from the authorities was very poor and
only public pressure changed things. The petition adopted by Wyre Forest Green Party
and Friends Of The Earth, which was started by a local resident, finally made the
authorities do something about it.
HARMFUL: The truth is, such fires (17 recently across our region) are a result of bad
management and ineffective regulation by councils and the Environment Agency, of this
so-called ‘recycling’ industry. These fires release harmful particulates as well as PCBs and
Dioxins, which are linked to cancer, yet very little is known about the collective impact of
these fires upon us.
CHANGE NEEDED: This is an industry that needs better management and better
regulation, so taxpayers don’t pick up the Bill for poor practice like we have seen at
Lawrences. Local green campaigners are calling for better laws and plan to meet
Government Ministers very soon.
THE ‘RECYCLING’ TRUTH: Despite being called ‘recycling’ - what goes on at Lawrences
and many other plants like it is not about recycling. It is about re-packaging waste and
producing fuel bales for incinerators. These fuel bales are burned in incinerators and can
produce the same harmful emissions, like PCBs and Dioxins, we saw from the Lawrence
DANGER: Worcestershire County Council now intend to build their very own
INCINERATOR at a total COST TO US OF £1 BILLION right on our doorstep. This is
madness at a time of cuts to essential services and when there is already incinerator
‘over-capacity’ in the Midlands. Future environmental legislation will mean we will be left
with an expensive white elephant of an incinerator come 2023 - which we ALL still have to
pay for even if it is left unused or unusable.
It must be stopped – we don’t need another expensive and unnecessary council vanity
project. Not only are incinerators one of the most expensive ways to deal with waste, they
are also one of the most toxic methods too. There are cheaper, greener, and more flexible
waste management systems that could save the council £20 million a year without the
associated health risks, but the council refuse to look at them – and the question is WHY?
Come to the PUBLIC MEETING at CORNERSTONE CHURCH STOURPORT on
Thursday 19th September 7.00pm and find out why these issues are important, and why
we need a change of direction from Government, the Environment Agency, and councils,
on how we deal with our waste.
FOR YOUR SAKE, YOUR CHILDREN’S SAKE, YOUR HEALTH’S SAKE, AND FOR
YOUR WALLET’S SAKE WE NEED TO ACT NOW!