Viridor Waste Management Ltd have applied for planning permission to build an incinerator at Polmadie Cleansing Depot. The incinerator will dispose of around 200,000 tonnes of waste per year – more than half of the waste collected from Glasgow’s green bins - and will likely see waste from other local authorities brought into the area for disposal.
We the undersigned residents of Glasgow and other interested parties object to the Polmadie planning application ref: 12/01631/DC, by Viridor Waste Management Ltd on the following grounds:
Health and Pollution – pollution has significant impacts on human health, huge economic costs and impacts on biodiversity. The area near the incinerator already suffers significant health problems.
Lack of Consultation – Viridor have not fulfilled their statutory community consultation obligations and local people have not been informed of the negative impacts of the incinerator.
Traffic and Transport – the incinerator will increase local traffic levels, the numbers of heavy vehicles on local roads and will generate extra noise, pollution and threats to safety.
Evidence of Need – the developer has not justified the need for an incinerator locally, particularly when good progress is being made in increasing local waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
Energy production – resources used in manufacturing disposed waste will always exceed energy recovered by the incinerator. Effort should focus on waste education, reduction, reuse and recycling
Location – much of the area surrounding the incinerator already suffers significant poverty, includes numerous schools and growing areas, and is already significantly polluted by roads and motorways.
Employment – 70% of the jobs created by the incinerator are short-term and are not guaranteed to benefit local people. Far more jobs could be created through waste recycling and reuse.
Length of Contract – the 25-year contract for the incinerator sets unrealistic waste disposal requirements of the city at a time when more waste is being re-used and recycled each year.
Lack of Strategy - a 25-year contract for the waste incinerator will undermine the national Zero Waste strategy and efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.