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Ms Stops says the petition represents the determined opposition of people who are only just finding out about the dangerous toxic emissions an incinerator would subject local residents to. ‘The negative health effects of burning waste from not just the Richmond Valley, but also waste from other Northern Rivers Councils and possibly even SE Queensland, is totally unacceptable to a growing number of people,’ she said.

‘It’s time for the NSW Government and all Northern Rivers Councils to adopt genuine Zero Waste Strategies to manage wastes rather than polluting Casino and surrounds by burning it.’

Shocking community discovery

Co-ordinator of the National Toxic Network, Jo Immig says that it’s shocking for the community to discover the covert plans underway between Richmond Valley Council and the NSW Government for a waste incinerator in Casino. Arrangements are being made behind our backs. ‘The NSW Government just announced the region as a prospective site without any robust process, totally disregarding the community as well as the agricultural and tourism nature of the region.

‘It’s deeply concerning since it’s well documented in the scientific literature that even so called ‘state of the art’ waste incinerators release dangerous air pollution such as dioxins, heavy metals and ultrafine particulates, all of which would endanger the health of the community and pollute the produce grown in the region. Casino would be at risk of becoming the ‘polluted beef capital of NSW’ she said.

Ms Immig says the energy from waste incinerators is dirty energy. ‘This technology belongs in the last century. It’s a climate nightmare which should not be inflicted on any community” concluded Ms Immig.’

The petition was presented to the Richmond Valley Council Chambers yesterday.

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  1. A problem is burning in Casino. Richmond Valley resident Liz Stops is wasting no time with local rubbish and won’t be stopped. She and her group hope to head off a proposed ‘waste of energy’ incinerator and she will present a petition to the Moyor and General Manager of Richmond Valley Council on behalf of a group of citizens of the shire The proposed facility is at the new Reynolds Road Industrial Precinct in Casino.

  2. This waste to energy incinerator would pose a terrible health risk to the community & to the health of our existing industries in the region. Not just Casino but surrounding areas too. Even the most modern waste incinerators release dangerous air pollution such as dioxins, heavy metals and ultrafine particulates which build up in our systems & all through the food chain. The Beef Capital of NSW would soon become the Toxic Capital of NSW as the areas’s beef & our other agricultural produce became stigmatized by the markets. Export & domestic markets have strict quality control standards. Then there’s the dangerous toxic waste to be disposed of….

  3. In a critical time for the environment, isn’t best for those who create waste (currently ALL of us), to deal with our own waste, then and only then, will we pursue and find measures we can embrace to reduce waste before it is created, like reducing packaging for fruit and vegetables in Supermarkets? We need serious innovation if positive change is to happen.

  4. We have Glass, Aluminium, Steel, Paper, Cardboard, Old Clothes (mainly the cotton ones) amongst our shopping; all of which can be recycled; but not you pizza box and a few other tainted items.
    When your done with food waste, leftovers, rotten fruit and veg – Yes! we all have them don’t lie, most cannot go into the compost for various reasons so they go in the bin.
    And then there is the broken Toys, old Toothbrushes, Brushes and Haircombs, overused manky Plastic Containers, composit containers like Prinlgle and some Cocoa or Gravy tins, old worn Shoes, Old school or work Folders and Plastic Pockets, Zippy bags, Toothpaste Tubes, old Handbags.
    You know all the “Stuff” I’m talking about. The Stuff we gather and dispose of because we have no use for.
    There are some of us Hoaders who keep containers, repurpose paper and card, string, ribbon, or that “Thing” that may come in handy one day.
    Yeh! Now you know where I’m coming from.
    All the Crap we buy that has/had a purpose, latest gadget, novelty, must have in our consumer driven, marketing obsessed, FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) society. What happens to all the crap, leftover “Stuff” that any house proud, over acheiving cleaner wants to change, get rid of or replace?
    But I haven’t even touched on Bikes, Cars, Pushchairs, Fridges, Freezers, Stoves, Airconditioning units, Beds, broken Furniture, Carpets even old Houses.
    Not even mentioned Batteries, Old/Broken Phones, Computers, TVs, Technology Gadgets.
    Pretty much everything we touch or consume has a life and then is binned or hopefully recycled.
    OK so we can recycle most things probably about 50% if you look around can or should be recycled.
    So what happens to the other 50% or so?
    Land fill!!
    Medical waste, nappys, most synthtic clothing, shoes, contaminated Paper and Cardboard, food scraps, plastic film, just to name a few are hard to deal with, they basically need burning.
    If yours so worried about the “Toxic Waste” from incinerators then you are just looking at the tiny pinaccle of the iceburg.
    Do you have any idea the amount of chemicals, processes, fumes, waste toxins, particulates you “Stuff” you bought contains or was used to create? No!
    90% of people are blissfully unaware of the way our “Stuff” is made.
    waste incinerators do give off minute amouts of particulates, most are filtered off and dispersed safely. The scare mongers forget about all the other processes that actually made your “Stuff” was and is WAAAAY more toxic than a few air particulates from incineration to enerygy processes.
    So before you get uppity about your NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) “We don’t want your incinerator to produce energy and try to help save the Planet Speil”. Thing about all the Crap you buy and how it was made and who has to deal with that waste so you can have the latest gadget, food item, clothes or whatever the last 10 items you bought just cost the plaent in somebody elses backyard.
    So stop being hypocrites>
    Accept that waste incinerator to reclaim back some good from all your crap, BECAUSE SOMEBODY HAS TOO!


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