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Incineration going ‘unchecked’ as report highlights Portsmouth pollution

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 17th July 2018
Story by David George

 

PORTSMOUTH’S incinerator is facing claims it is exceeding pollution targets and not being monitored by those in charge, according to a report.

A cross-party report into the pollution caused by incinerators across the country claims Portsmouth is one of those that has exceeded the Environment Agency’s guidances.

The report claims that the owners of the incinerator, which burned 202,192 tonnes of waste last year, are misleading the public by not reporting how much waste is being produced. But Veolia, which runs the incinerator, says it is safe.

It has been calculated in the report that around 4.4 tonnes of PM10 and PM2.5 was produced in 2017, as well as 222.4 tonnes of Nitrous Oxide.

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Green advice and practical examples on how to reduce single-use plastics at local gardening event

Havant Friends of the Earth had a very productive day at the annual Havant & District Horticultural Society Summer Gardening Event held on the 14th July at St. Faiths Church hall in the Pallant.

Our team had a lot of good advice on how to reduce the dependencies of single-use plastic products in day to day life, we also showed some practical examples of how you can easily make the change from plastic products to re-usable green friendly alternatives. There was also a lot of interest in Recycling and what Havant Borough Council were doing to improve their current performance.

We would like to thank all of the team that helped out on the day as it was greatly appreciated.

Manchester makes a Beeline for new Dutch-style cycling network

£500m is being spent to fund cycling networks in Greater Manchester

Chris Boardman: ‘If you want to make people change their habits you’ve got to give them a viable alternative.’ Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Published on The Guardian website on 27th June 2018
Story by Helen Pidd, North of England editor

 

A thousand miles of safe cycling and walking routes are to be created in Greater Manchester after an Olympic gold medallist persuaded town hall bosses to spend as much on cyclists and pedestrians as Amsterdam and other cycling nirvanas.

The network – named Beelines, in homage to Manchester’s civic symbol of the worker bee – includes 75 miles of Dutch-style segregated lanes and will be the largest joined-up network in the UK.

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