Horsham incinerator proposals: Protesters step up fundraising campaign

Campaigners fighting proposals for an incinerator near Horsham SUS-190819-125810001
Campaigners fighting proposals for an incinerator near Horsham SUS-190819-125810001

Members of a group fighting to stop a new incincerator being built near Horsham are stepping up their fundraising campaign.

The group - No Incinerator 4 Horsham - are raising funds for legal representation to fight an appeal by waste firm Britaniacrest Recycling to build a recycling, recovery and renewable energy facility in Warnham.

A barrister is now drafting the group’s case to be presented at a three-week public inquiry scheduled to start on October 29 at Horsham Sports Club in Cricketfield Road.

A spokesman for the group said: “The world has moved on since similar plans for the Horsham Incinerator were first submitted by Britaniacrest Recycling Ltd in July 2017.

“We are in a state of climate emergency, we have ambitious waste reduction and recycling targets, supported by the Government, councils and the Mayor of London and we do not need any more incinerators.”

The group are concerned that the incinerator could generate ‘toxic ash’ and that it would have a 95m stack - “higher than the Statue of Liberty.”

Members say they fear the impact on the climate, the “adverse impact on recycling, more HGV traffic from six counties transporting 230,000 tonnes per year of commercial, industrial and municipal waste, with cumulative health and environmental impacts on rural Horsham.”

The group is asking anyone who can organise a fundraising event to email: noincinerator4horsham@gmail.com

Meanwhile Britainiacrest Recycling director Chris Foss, said: “It may surprise people that the UK currently sends over 12 million tonnes of household and commercial waste to landfill.

“In West Sussex and the south of England alone, this problem is even more acute, as there’s very little landfill space available between West Sussex and Dorset. This means that West Sussex currently exports all its non-recyclable waste for disposal – some to Surrey and the rest to European Energy from Waste (EfW) plants.

“Unlike landfill, EfW technology is a safe, environmentally sound and sustainable solution which plays a vital role in the circular economy by generating energy and recovering metals and aggregates for recycling; burying waste in a landfill is not sustainable. When waste is buried in landfill, it decomposes and generates methane and leachates which can flow into nearby watercourses.

“The proposed Recycling, Recovery and Renewable Energy facility at the Wealden Works site is urgently needed and will use proven EfW technology to safely treat 230,000 tonnes of non-hazardous wastes each year.

“The Public Inquiry in October will allow all interested parties to examine the real facts behind the 3Rs proposal, which will be carefully considered by a Planning Inspector.”