Friday, October 13, 2006

First Hafod, then Penybont?

Our small part of Wales has, as we're all too aware, had more than its share of landfill. Ruabon, Newbridge, Johnstown...

While our priority is to halt the Hafod landfill, this is not a narrow-minded campaign. We want to reduce landfill, increase recycling and re-use and ensure all councils (whether Murkeyside or Wrexham) do more in this field.

So we were concerned to hear from our Newbridge mole that the Penybont landfill site is almost full and WRG, the company that runs the site for Wrexham council, is looking for a very substantial extension. It could be decades, we understand.

We all know what Howard Moysen, the local councillor in Cefn Mawr and Newbridge, thinks of landfill. He's all for it in Johnstown. We wonder whether he'll be so keen if it's in his back yard with the council elections only 18 months away.

Howard Moysen - one of the Dirty Dozen


At Saturday, October 14, 2006 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Blodwen Fleer said...

I think the whole point here with landfill is that it shouldn't be in ANYONE'S backyard.
The sad thing is that these elected reps never considered the feelings of Wrexham/Johnstown people.
All it came down to was economics.

At Saturday, October 14, 2006 2:12:00 PM, Anonymous karl davies said...

Hi All,
Moysen has a long history of not looking into things properly.He is far too irresponsible to be a councillor.Like so many other issues he has failed to fully understand the compensation issue regarding Hafod.He has listened to and beleived every bit of ill advice given to him by officials.
Wouldn't it be great if we had elected representatives who had the brain and determination to find out about the things they vote on.
Karl Davies

At Saturday, October 14, 2006 8:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your mole is wrong. Waste Recycling Group does not run the landfill for Wrexham Council. It bought the tipping rights from Shanks but Wrexham pay per tonne like everybody else.
The way to reduce landfill is to tackle the issue from the other end. You me and everybody else are guilty of producing too much waste. Yes, Wrexham are aiming at 90% recycling by next year and our C.A. sites are now tipping at Recyclo in Sandycroft but WE need to take some backward steps. Try growing your own veg. No packaging. Don't use anything with paper that has plastic coating. It is useless for recycling. Christmas! Try going to a C.A. site on Boxing day and see the waste created by one day. It is a joke. Don't use fast food etc.etc.
The only way to reduce landfill is use less. But remember, all that packaging creates thousands of jobs so expect double unemployment.

At Saturday, October 14, 2006 9:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The figure of 90% recycling sounds v ambitious - I think you mean 90% of the borough's homes being in the Recycle with Michael scheme.
This is a good start but it still doesn't separate out all recycleable waste and we need to keep up the pressure. As Anonymous says, the real problem is all the packaging.
A tax on packaging would be an incentive to go back to basics.
There wouldn't have to be job losses in the packaging industry if that industry was encouraged to produce bio-degradable products. Is that so impossible these days?

At Saturday, October 14, 2006 10:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the post points out the 90% does refer to Recycle with Mick sceme but the Evening Leader puts it differently. Quality journalists;-)
Any person reading this is also guilty of creating hazardous waste which is sent to Skemmersdale for disposal. Computer monitors, televisions and the like will not be allowed in Havod or Pen-Y-Bont. Fridges and freezers are a real problem too. Very expensive to get rid of.
What I mean is we must go back 60/70 years because it is the way we live now and what we ask industry to make for us that creates waste. Who is willing to do that?

At Thursday, October 19, 2006 12:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not so much a mole as blind as a bat. I attended the public meeting there in August held by the Waste Recycling Company/ Shanks staff. The hole isn't over half full. I saw it with my own eyes. Maybe the mole should open his.

Given that the site is only half full, from what was said by the Shanks reps, the extension is for time of filling only to produce a sustainable land form, not to extend the acreage of the site.

The only criticism I heard of their operation from Pentre residents was occasional litter leaving trucks leaving the site. There were no other immediate issues raised.


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