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Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Thu, February 09, 2017 10:03:36
The campaign against a proposed incinerator at Hoddesdon (next to the Rye Meads Nature Reserve) now has a WEBSITE.

The PLANNING APPLICATION by Veolia to build an incinerator at Hoddesdon is now out to consultation, and responses should be made, if possible, by 1st March 2017.
People can easily respond by using a simple form on the Hoddesdon-against-incineration website.

As with the New Barnfield Campaign, there are many reasons against incineration, and many reasons against the chosen site.
Reasons against incineration are very clearly explained on the website of United Kingdon Without Incineration Network (UKWIN).
Reasons against the chosen site are very clearly explained on the website of Hoddesdon-against-incineration.
As with the New Barnfield Planning Application, it is important that responses to the consultation on the Planning Application do include the planning issues. Many of these are similar to those that were important in the New Barnfield campaign, including impact on the local people and environment. The details are all on the Hoddesdon-against-incineration website.

There is to be a PUBLIC MEETING about the proposed incinerator in Hoddesdon. Feb 23, 7.00 p.m. at The Spotlight, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BE. This meeting has been called by Broxbourne Council.

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Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Sun, November 20, 2016 09:36:06

Below are some reasons to oppose non-collection, or charging for collection, of brown bins in the Welwyn Hatfield district.


1. At the moment, your brown bin is for garden waste and food waste.

2. Districts that introduce a separate (sometimes charged) collection of garden waste usually do this at the same time as bringing in a separate weekly food waste collection

(e.g. Three Rivers – optional garden waste collection charged at £35 p.a. £28 if on benefits, and separate weekly collection of food waste in a small bin. St Albans – separate garden and weekly food waste collected free).

WHBC is considering bringing in optional charged garden waste collection and no separate food collection, or no brown bin collection at all.

With no brown bin collection or with optional paid brown bin collection, food waste would have to go in the black residual waste bin.

This is because councils are not allowed by law to charge for collection of food waste.

3. Food waste in black bins is a very bad idea because:

  • all residual/black bin waste is totally wasted, as it has to be land-filled or incinerated.
  • food waste in landfill gives off harmful methane
  • residents have been told by WHBC and other environmentally-aware organisations (e.g. Waste Aware) not to put food waste in black bins, and all this good practice by residents would be lost
  • even more black bins would get too full and would overflow, causing more littered streets, smell and rats

4. Food waste collected together with garden waste (as now) is quite a good system because:

the waste can be treated (by in-vessel composting) to produce compost.

5. Food waste collected separately is an even better system because:

  • Separate food waste can be treated by anaerobic digestion, which produces a digestate that can be used for very good compost, and can produce biogas that can be used for heat and for power.
  • The cost (gate-fee) of AD is cheaper than in-vessel composting. Also, we have new AD facilities in Herts at Coursers Farm.

However, WHBC would need new or adapted vehicles and new smaller bins to bring in this system. The waste vehicles used now will need replacing in 2020.

6. Recycled food and garden waste is sold, not wasted.

Herts County Council is responsible for the disposal of waste collected by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. Herts County Council receives any payments for the waste. However, Herts County Council then gives financial rewards back to WHBC depending on how much recycling/composting waste WHBC collects.

7. Garden Waste should be collected from all residents, not just those who volunteer to pay, because:

  • Welwyn Hatfield already has a huge and costly fly-tipping problem. Unfortunately some residents, and non-resident landlords, already tip rubbish in our streets and on our greens and nature walks. Such people are likely also to dump garden waste if WHBC does not collect it.
  • More residents may be tempted to fly-tip garden waste if it is not collected free. There are some residents in WHBC who need every penny of income they have.
  • The household waste recycling centre at Cole Green does take garden waste, but it is not open every day and it has very long and dangerous queues. Also, creating lots of car journeys to dump garden waste there would be polluting and wasteful.
  • Some residents may be tempted to light bonfires of garden waste, which can cause real annoyance and nuisance to neighbours, and increased complaints to the Environmental Health department.

8. Other districts in Hertfordshire either collect food and garden waste separately, or collect food and garden waste together. There is no council in Hertfordshire that forces residents to put food waste into the black residual bins.

There are 10 districts in Hertfordshire. Four of these collect (or are about to collect) food waste separately from garden waste. Of these four, two (Three Rivers and Broxbourne) charge for optional collection of garden waste, and two (St Albans and Dacorum) collect separate food waste and garden waste free .The other six districts (East Herts, Hertsmere, North Herts, Stevenage, Watford, and Welwyn Hatfield) collect garden waste and food waste together.

So if Welwyn Hatfield were to have no garden waste collection, or optional paid garden waste collection, without a separate food waste collection, then this borough would be doing something totally out-of-line with other boroughs in Hertfordshire.

9. If Welwyn Hatfield Council were to force residents to put food waste in black bins, this would also be going against all the recommendations of the Herts Waste Partnership.

You will notice that the latest copy of "Horizons" magazine has a full-page from "Waste Aware" urging residents in Hertfordshire to recycle food-waste such as tea-bags. The page says "If every household in Hertfordshire recycled just one tea bag per week we could divert over 350 tonnes from disposal each year, saving at least £20,000 of council taxpayers' money".

Welwyn Hatfield is a member of the Herts Waste Partnership, and has participated in many of its meetings where the need for recycling of food waste has been emphasised, so it is hard to believe that Welwyn Hatfield Council would even contemplate forcing residents to put food waste into black residual waste bins.

10. Separate collection of food waste in special little bins, weekly, encourages residents not to put food waste in black bins, because the separate bins increase awareness, and weekly collection avoids smell. The way forward for reduction of residual (black bin) waste - and therefore reduction of waste disposal costs and environmental problems - is to collect food waste separately.

11. An improved waste-collection system might actually save money spent on waste-collection and waste-disposal overall. A proper financial analysis needs to be done. The council tax-payer pays for collection by WHBC and for disposal by HCC.

12. If Welwyn Hatfield's waste collection vehicles cannot at the moment economically be replaced or refitted, then surely WHBC should keep to the free garden-and-food-waste-together collection until such time as WHBC can make the necessary investment in the improved waste-collection system.

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Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Tue, March 15, 2016 09:10:29

Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet on March 14th 2016 accepted in principle Veolia’s Revised Project Plan (RPP) for dealing with Hertfordshire’s local authority collected residual waste.

The statement from HCC says this about the next steps: “Cabinet has accepted in principle Veolia’s plans for an Energy-from-Waste facility at Rye House in Hoddesdon. Veolia will now begin work on a planning application which they hope to submit towards the end of the year. As part of this process Veolia will need to ensure local residents, businesses and other interested parties have an opportunity to properly understand the proposals and contribute their thoughts and ideas”.

The Cabinet decided to accept Veolia’s RPP on the recommendation of Richard Thake (HCC Exec member for Community Safety and Waste Management). At a previous meeting the HCC Community Safety and Waste Management Panel had been divided on the issue, 5 to 5. At the Cabinet meeting no-one spoke against the proposal, and it was agreed by the whole Cabinet (who are all members of the Conservative party).

Two county councillors for Hoddesdon, Tim Hutchings and Alan Searing, attended to listen, and joined objectors for a photograph on the steps of County Hall. About twenty members of the public also attended: these included representatives of Herts WithOut Waste, Friends of the Earth, Hatfield Against Incineration, members of the Hoddesdon Society and many residents from Hoddesdon and area. Prior to the meeting, emails putting the case against a new incinerator in Herts were sent to HCC leader Robert Gordon and the Cabinet.

The decision was made by the Cabinet for HCC in its role as Waste Disposal Authority. The planning application to be made by Veolia will be considered by HCC in its role as Waste Planning Authority, via the Development Control Panel. Planning issues were touched on in the March 14th Cabinet meeting, but were not dealt with in any detail.

The proposed incinerator would deal with 320,000 tonnes of waste per year. The cost to HCC of incinerating waste over the 30 years of the contract with Veolia is estimated at £1.1 billion.

Opponents of the incinerator plan fear that an incinerator would discourage efforts to improve “reduce, re-use, re-cycle”. At the moment about 50% of waste that is classed as “residual” could in fact be recycled or composted. Members of HCC Cabinet argued that the guaranteed minimum tonnage that HCC has agreed with Veolia would be sent by the county to the proposed incinerator would still allow recycling, up to 75% or 81% in 30 years time. Opponents of the incinerator believe that that “reduce, re-use, re-cycle” will have advanced massively in 30 years time, and that an incinerator in Herts would be a “white elephant” long before that, and is already totally unnecessary because of over-provision of incinerator capacity in the UK and on continental Europe. The capacity of the proposed Veolia incinerator not used for Herts waste would be used for waste from wherever Veolia manages to source it.

There was no attempt at the Cabinet meeting to discuss alternatives to incineration, except when councillor Richard Roberts dismissed Mechanical and Biological treatment because apparently he visited one plant in Germany many years ago and it looked untidy.

HCC Cabinet said they were aware of planning issues at the Rye House, Hoddesdon site, but Richard Thake said that “if Veolia fail to overcome the problems, we can walk away”. Richard Gordon said that planning issues “are for someone else at a different stage”. The planning issues of the Rye House, Hoddesdon site (previously called Fieldes Lock) are many, not least the fact that HCC themselves did not include it in their Allocated Waste Sites plan because they considered it to be unsuitable to be a site for waste.

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Herts County Council Community Safety and Waste Management Panel

Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Fri, March 04, 2016 17:04:19
Today John Webb of Herts WithOut Waste presented a petition to the Herts CC Community Safety and Waste Management Panel. The petition asked for more recycling and composting instead of incineration.

Veolia’s Revised Project Plan for a 320,000 t.p.a. waste incinerator at Rye House/Fieldes Lock/Ratty’s Lane, Hoddesdon was today debated at Herts County Council Community Safety and Waste Management Panel.

The Panel was divided 5:5. Then Richard Thake, in his role as Executive Member for Community Safety and Waste, said that he would recommend to Herts County Council Cabinet that the Cabinet accept the HCC officers’ recommendation to accept Veolia’s Revised Project Plan.

Cabinet meets on March 14th at County Hall. The public can attend this meeting. Questions can be submitted in advance.

County councillors opposing the acceptance of Veolia’s Revised Project Plan were Maureen Cook, Richard Henry (Labour), Nick Hollinghurst (Lib-Dem), and Tim Hutchings and Alan Searing (Conservative councillors for Hoddesdon).

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Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Sat, February 27, 2016 16:49:33
This is a once-only chance to improve the environment for future generations.
The petition is addressed to Hertfordshire County Council but also to the ten district and borough councils via the Herts Waste Partnership.
About half of our household waste is being recycled. Much of the remainder could and should be recycled or composted – to prevent it being sent to either landfill or incineration.
Our ability to maximise recycling and composting is threatened by the possibility that Herts. County Council will extend its waste management contract with Veolia to 2050, locking us in to incineration and limiting the amount of recycling for generations to come.
Please sign the petition to call on the County Council to cancel the contract with Veolia and to increase the Council's co-operation with the district and borough councils to boost recycling rates across the county.
That way, we would:
• save valuable materials
• reduce haulage of waste
• avoid pollution of air and water
• protect wildlife
• create local jobs
• and realise the aim of 'Reduce, Re-use and Recycle’.

The link to the petition is in the post below this.

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Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Sat, February 27, 2016 16:45:20

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Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Sat, February 27, 2016 16:37:51
Herts County Council officers have now produced a report recommending acceptance of Veolia's Revised Project Plan, which is for a 320,000 tpa incinerator at Hoddesdon.
The HCC Community Safety and Waste Management Panel will be discussing this report, and deciding whether or not to accept it, this coming Friday, March 4th, at County Hall at 10 a.m. A petition urging HCC to aim for more recycling and composting instead of incineration, has been launched by Herts WithOut Waste. Please sign the petition as soon as possible, if you live or work in Hertfordshire.

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Campaigners Urge County Council to Reject New Incinerator Plan

Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Mon, January 25, 2016 17:44:59

Herts County Council have now released some information about Veolia’s Revised Project Plan for the management of waste in Hertfordshire, which Veolia submitted in summer 2015. Veolia are proposing a large waste incinerator at Rye House in Hoddesdon. It would burn waste collected by the councils across Hertfordshire.

Hatfield Against Incineration, together with Herts WithOut Waste and Friends of the Earth, led a campaign against Veolia’s proposed incinerator in Hatfield, which resulted in a final end to that plan in July 2015. We are opposed to the building of any new incinerator in Hertfordshire.

Veolia is not allowing the details of its revised proposal to be disclosed, beyond what is shown in a brief press release published today.

Herts County Council should reject the Revised Project Plan and pull out of the contract with Veolia now, as it is no longer fit for purpose. A consideration of the HCC contract with Veolia and the EU draft Waste Directive suggests that within ten years HCC would be paying fines for not recycling enough, or paying Veolia penalties for not producing enough waste.

An incinerator without maximum extraction of recyclable materials would be a particularly bad method of waste management.

We are opposed to incineration for the following reasons:

1. waste of resources that can be re-used, recycled or composted

2. pollution of the environment by emissions, traffic and visual appearance

3. contribution to climate change because of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other emissions

4. not value for money in the long term, as other solutions (including the present, interim ones) are less costly

5. a contract for one huge plant is inflexible for the future, as new solutions become available

6. there is over-capacity of incineration already in the UK and in continental Europe

A far better way of managing waste in Herts would be:

1.take measures to increase further the rates of reduction, re-usage and recycling

2.separate collection of food waste in all parts of the County as soon as possible

3. use of anaerobic digestion (AD) to treat that food waste

4. transportation of waste to small waste-management plants close to where it arises

5. use of rail if we need to transport some waste over a distance, which may be necessary in the short term.

6. use of existing incinerators in the short term if necessary - but no building of new ones

Cathy Roe, Secretary of Hatfield against Incineration, said, “Herts County Council has already wasted over £12 million pounds on a highly unpopular, ill-conceived plan for an incinerator at Hatfield. That plan was opposed by the public and defeated. The County Council should have learned by now that incineration is not the way ahead for dealing with waste, and that electors will not tolerate another similar plan for the county.”

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