We’re “talking rubbish” in this week’s Camden New Journal (19/5/2011):

New, costly, waste incinerators are not the answer to the waste that blight’s Camden’s streets (Why waste incinerators are a real disaster, 12 May).

The ‘Carrots and Sticks’ report released by the London Assembly this week says that in London we have the lowest recycling rate in the country, with a only third of waste being recycled. In Camden we recycle less than 30% of our waste – and we have a huge opportunity to cut down on the rubbish that litters our streets.

Camden Friends of the Earth has been campaigning for more support for local authorities to recycle and re-use more of our household waste, and for more products to be designed to be easy to re-use and recycle. We recently set up a stall at Camden Lock market asking David Cameron to talk “half as much rubbish” – asking the government for a nationwide goal to halve black bag waste by 2020.
Readers can support this aim at www.foe.co.uk/rubbish

Many people across Camden want to see a cleaner, greener London. The answer is for all of us to get the support and services we need to reuse, recycle and compost more, and for companies to cut down on packaging. New waste incinerators are not the solution!

This follows up Barnet & Enfield FoE’s letter on the North London Waste Authority (NWLA)’s proposal to build what would be one of the largest waste processing sites in northern Europe, in north London (read here).