Activists say “Stop The Burn”
Extinction Rebellion Southsea is inviting people to take action with them against incineration. There are plans for 50 new incinerators nationally by 2030, which will double the UK’s incineration capacity and lock us into an additional 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Selma, 21, local activist says: “Incineration harms recycling rates, and undermines any transition to a circular economy. The areas with the highest incineration rates have the lowest recycling rates, which we can see in Portsmouth where recycling rates are way below UK average. Why are we still burning waste when we know it can be reused, recycled or repurposed? “
As well as taking action at the incinerator on 25th September, they have 5 demands for Veolia, and the UK government. The action will be coordinated with other rebels taking action on the same day across the country, who are seeking to stop the burning of our waste and prevent authorities from building new costly, controversial waste incinerators.
They are demanding that existing plants publicly report on all the toxins they emit, including ultrafine particulate matter, NOx, dioxins, furans, and heavy metals. These pollutants are associated with a variety of serious health impacts, such as cancer, birth defects, liver disease, decreased immunity, kidney disease, plummeting sperm counts, and endocrine disruption.
The five demands are:
An immediate stop to the construction of new incinerators
A commitment to 100% recycling and a phase-out of incineration
A ban on the burning of plastics by 2025
An incineration tax
Public reporting of all incinerator emissions