On Tuesday 30th April 2013, Jim Keys and Judi Logue of Zero Waste North West, delivered the first 1,000 signatures on our petition in favour of Derry City Council adopting a zero-waste policy and against the construction and commissioning of the proposed waste gasification incineration facility that has received planning permission to be built at Electra Road, Campsie.
We collected these petitions in just 8 hours in one location in the city centre over the last four Saturdays (2 hours each week). As we did so we alerted citizens to the fact that this facility has received planning permission.
We, Zero Waste North West, urge all those responsible for municipal waste to adopt a policy based on the principle of zero waste. We are opposed to all forms of thermal treatment of municipal solid waste because of their negative impacts on public health and the environment.
Hence we are committed to stopping this facility being built. We would much prefer to be working with Derry City Council to move its waste management strategy to an environmentally sustainable zero waste solution.
These first 1,000 signatures on paper mark the beginning of our campaign and we are already well on our way to the next 1,000. We intend to present these and subsequent signatures on paper to council, in batches of 1,000 as the campaign progresses.
Later this week we will be sending an open letter to Derry City Council, North West Region Waste Management Group and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.