Over 50 reasons why Green Lane is the wrong site for a Recycling Plant (MRF)

In the latter stages of the run up to the Council panel meeting in June, Sky Properties finally provided an indication of who may be running the recycling plant in their planned facility. In fact, they even got a letter of support from JWS Waste and Recycling Services. JWS run another recycling plant in Fredrick Rd in Salford. You may remember this plant hitting the news recently, when mothers and children blocked the entrance to plant:

http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1314043_human_barricade_in_living_hell_recycling_plant_row

Families referred to the plant as “a living hell” further claiming that people living nearby were plagued by noise and dust from the site and by flies in hot weather.

We have maintained since the original proposal for this plant, that this living hell would be the reality. Additionally, a recycling plant would be a serious safety hazard so close to homes and children’s play areas. The noise, smell and pests could be considered just one of the 50 reasons why Mr. Hirsch needs to rethink recycling at this site. Safety, however, trumps these and gives us our next 50. A quick search on Google reveals exactly how much of a problem fire safety in particular is a problem for MRF plants. In the last two years, Google shows the following incidents of MRF Fires:

Number Date Location
1 14 April 2009 Hartlepool
2 26 May 2009 Port Talbot
3 22 June 2009 Bolton
4 22 July 2009 Walsall
5 10 August 2009 Dewsbury
6 25 August 2009 Lincolnshire
7 05 March 2010 Derry
8 18 March 2010 Grantham
9 21 April 2010 Edmonton
10 10 May 2010 Doncaster
11 20 May 2010 Enderby
12 27 May 2010 Ford
13 19 June 2010 Kilmarnock
14 06 July 2010 Brent
15 14 July 2010 Neath
16 02 August 2010 Mill Hill
17 03 August 2010 Bolton
18 30 August 2010 Edinburgh
19 31 August 2010 Bolton
20 01 October 2010 Buckley
21 01 October 2010 Ilkeston
22 03 November 2010 Huntingdon
23 23 December 2010 Pontllanfraith
24 14 January 2011 Norton
25 19 January 2011 Norton
26 05 February 2011 Huntingdon
27 09 February 2011 Ellesmere Port
28 01 March 2011 Croydon
29 13 March 2011 Stourton
30 20 March 2011 Hetton-le-hole
31 20 March 2011 Southampton
32 23 April 2011 Lye
33 23 April 2011 Brighton
34 24 April 2011 Kingswinford
35 29 April 2011 Sunderland
36 29 April 2011 Telford
37 30 April 2011 Liverpool
38 02 May 2011 Tyneside
39 03 May 2011 Loughborough
40 03 May 2011 Suffolk
41 03 May 2011 Thirsk
42 04 May 2011 Caerwent
43 16 May 2011 St Albans
44 20 May 2011 Leatherhead
45 21 May 2011 Sunderland
46 31 May 2011 Hereford
47 03 June 2011 Sleaford
48 07 June 2011 Poole
49 09 June 2011 Haverhill
50 15 June 2011 Hereford
51 24 June 2011 Lincoln
52 30 June 2011 Tameside
53 05 July 2011 Orsett
54 12 July 2011 Oldham

Surprising that one of these is actually happening in Oldham on the day I decided to write this post.  There is clearly an issue here. One the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) need to investigate to a conclusion. Does Mr. Hirsch really think it’s appropriate to have one of these overlooking a children’s park?  These are some of many reasons that we continue to prepare to fight an appeal. Watch this space for updates.

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