Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment
 
   Home     About CHASE     Events     Quick Guide     Newsletters     Contact Us

  NEWS & VIEWS
  Press Releases

  Media Reports

  Letters to the Media

  Related News

 
  INFORMATION
  Questions & Answers
  Information in Depth
  Campaign History
  The Alternatives
  Glossary
  Photo Gallery
 
  USEFUL LINKS
  Campaigns (Ireland)
  Campaigns (Internat)
  Zero Waste
  State/National Bodies
  International Bodies
  Other links
 
  CONTACT US
  Make a donation
  Send us an email
  Become a member
 

Irish Times - 07-04-04
MARTIN CULLEN AND ZERO WASTE

Madam, - I read with interest Minister Martin Cullen's claim (April 6th) that anti-incinerator groups think some sort of magic wand will take away the waste management problem.

I cannot speak for any of these groups but I know that zero waste, far from being a magic wand, is a practical and sophisticated solution increasingly popular with governments and businesses worldwide.

It does require hard work and the commitment of everyone involved, but it works.

Indeed, if anyone seems to have a naive belief in magic wands, it is the Minister.

Does he really think that burning waste will make it go away?

Any secondary school chemistry student could tell him that combustion simply converts material into other forms. Mass incineration produces harmful gaseous emissions and residual ash.

I call on the Minister to reconsider his obsession with the magic wand approach of incineration, which only gives an illusion of problem-solving, and give adequate consideration to alternative, more up-to-date and sustainable approaches to waste management.

Let us not be bullied by his threats and scaremongering in relation to economic development. Instead, let us demand cleaner solutions. - Yours, etc.,

BRENDAN RICHARDSON, The Spires, Carrignafoy, Cobh, Co Cork.

     

Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment
Bishop's Road, Cobh, Co. Cork
Tel - 021 481 5564      Email - info@chaseireland.org
(All content, logos, and images sourced from third parties are the copyright of the respective sources)