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Our throw-away culture is risking people's health and wasting the world's natural resources.

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Cardiff incinerator expansion exhibition

Chimney belching black smoke

Viridor want to change the existing planning permission to increase the maximum limit of waste that can be processed at the Cardiff incinerator from 350,000 tonnes per annum to 425,000 tonnes per annum. This would allow them to import waste from Swansea and West Wales.

The exhibition is at the Moorland Community Centre, Moorland Road, Splott, Cardiff CF24 2LG 1630-2000 hours.

Stop coffee cup waste

Disposable paper coffee cupsn

Up to 2.5 billion paper coffee cups are thrown away every year. Friends of the Earth want Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom to back new rules to end coffee cup waste.

While some cafes promote re-usable and recyclable cups, action is needed to make all the big coffee chains end the waste.

In the UK less than 1 in 400 of coffee-cups are recycled. Some of the cups can’t be recycled.

Cardiff incinerator court case

Chimney belching smoke

Barrister Alex Goodman told the Cardiff High Court that Cardiff council must “quash” their decisions that allowed Viridor to start building their incinerator because they were taken unlawfully.

Environment Bill may stop incinerator contract

Black waste bags containing recyclable items

The Prosiect Gwyrdd contract to burn waste in Viridor’s Cardiff incinerator may be stopped by the Environment Bill. The council was due to be sign an expensive 25-year contract with Viridor at the end of September, but it is threatened by the draft Bill which was published on 23rd October.

Cardiff Council waste collection consultation

Black waste bags

The Welsh Government has set a 70 per cent waste diversion target for councils to achieve by 2025. While councils in Wales have achieved significant increases in the amount of waste diverted they still have some way to go to achieve the target.

Recent research by Cardiff Council has found that half of the materials in residual (black bag) waste in some areas could have been recycled.

Legal challenge to the Cardiff waste incinerator

Smoke from an incinerator chimney

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth Cymru has launched a legal challenge against plans by the Welsh Government to fund a massive £105m waste incinerator in Cardiff. The action comes as Cardiff City Council and its partners are poised to sign a contract committing the city to 25 years of waste incineration.

Welsh Government approves incinerator grant

Graph showing waste rising from 165,000 tonnes to 180,000 tonnes and target for it to fall from 154,000 tonnes to 960,000 tonnes between 2015 and 2041. The Guaranteed Minimum Tonnage is set at 350,000 tonnes.

Source: Prosiect Gwyrdd Welsh Government Final Business Case Clarifications

Zero waste policy

Cardiff recycling lorry

Recycling in operation Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Instead of sending waste to landfill or for incineration we should recycle or compost it.

Friends of the Earth believes that councils should adopt Zero Waste policies as a goal to be achieved within 25 years. Zero waste means we should:

Reject the Viridor incinerator bid

Incinerator chimney belching smoke

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

The councillors of Caerphilly, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport, and Vale of Glamorgan are due in the next few days to vote on whether to accept Viridor's bid to burn council black bag waste in their incinerator.

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