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    Nottingham Against Incineration & Landfill (NAIL) was launched in November 2002. Their initial leaflet said:
  • Most city waste is burnt not recycled
  • Instead of recycling more waste, the City Council wants to expand the incinerator at Eastcroft from 150,000 tonnes per year to 250,000 tonnes (Eastcroft is next to the Notts County football ground and the wholesale fruit & veg market!)
  • In 2001 at Eastcroft:
    • the incinerator produced 47,000 tonnes of ash containing heavy metals, hydrocarbons and dioxins
    • the incinerator sent up the chimney
      • 2.3 kg mercury
      • 5.6 kg arsenic
      • 14 tonnes hydrochloric acid gas
      • 234 tonnes oxides of nitrogen
    • there is also a clinical waste incinerator which emitted
      • 1,270 million Bequerels of radioactive Carbon 14
  • The incinerator has repeatedly breached its authorised emission limits – in June 2002 it released more than 12 kg of fine particles over the surrounding area
  • Many of these substances can cause cancers and other health problems
  • The City Council is losing £1 million per year as a result of heating contracts with the incinerator drawn up 30 years ago
See also Environment Agency website 'Pollution Inventory' -
WasteNotts main incinerator and White Rose clinical waste incinerator
    NAIL WANTS TO SEE:
  • separate collections of recyclable waste – like paper, glass, steel, aluminium, etc
  • separate collections of kitchen waste for composting
  • close down the Eastcroft incinerator
  • stop sending waste to landfill if it can be recycled or composted
WHAT YOU CAN DO
  • Ask your local councillor why they won’t provide kerbside collections
  • Write to your MP to ask them to support doorstep recycling
  • Collect your own kitchen waste for composting
  • Don’t throw things away – reuse them or give them to charity shops or jumble sales
  • Recycle as much as you can
  • See NAIL website
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