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(en) Britain, SchNEWS 488, Friday 11th March, 2005 - WAKE UP!! WAKE UP!! AND FEEL THE BURN...

From Jo Makepeace <webmaster@schnews.org.uk>
Date Fri, 11 Mar 2005 09:46:50 +0100 (CET)


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BURN AND BREAD ------ "They've gone from an unthinking policy of burying it, to an
unthinking policy of burning it." -- Dr.C.Eberlein, Sussex University
Brighton residents might think they are really cool, alternative
and green, but the reality is that when it comes to recycling -
they are, well, rubbish, and like to shit all over Newhaven.
Currently all the waste that isn't recycled (which is only 19.4%
at the moment) goes to landfill at Beddingham near Newhaven, but
because of the EU Landfill Directive this can't last forever and
Brighton Council along with East Sussex County Council has signed a £1
billion contract with Onyx for a 25 year 'Integrated Waste Management Contract'.

Sounds good? Er, well this 'Integrated Waste' is in fact centred
around a massive incinerator (sorry, 'Energy Recovery Facility')
at Newhaven to cope with 250,000 tonnes of waste per year from all
over East Sussex. So while the councils have paid lip service to
recycling initatives, in reality if the incinerator is ever built,
they will be fined by Onyx if they don't produce enough rubbish
for them to burn! The problem with incinerators is that when you
burn rubbish you still end up with rubbish - just in a different
form, either gases and particles released to the air or ash left
behind after burning.

The gasses and particles released to the air read like a poisoner'
s shopping list (see box). The worst of these are dioxins, which
disrupt the immune system, cause cancer, result in fewer male
offspring, cause endocrine disruption, learning disabilities and
behavioural problems. US Army chemical warfare researcher Dr
Friedrich Hoffman told the army "dioxin was too deadly to be used
for chemical warfare purposes".

According to those who operate them modern incinerators put out
very little pollution. But they are self regulated and independent
monitoring only occurs twice a year - and even then they are given
notice as to when it will be. A Belgian study has shown that
dioxin levels, if continuously monitored, may be 30-50 times
higher than the figure that emerges from this monitoring.

HAWKS 'N' DOVES

One third of the waste burnt ends up as ash, laden with heavy
metals (lead, cadmium, arsenic, chromium and others). This ash is
classed as hazardous waste and has to be, er, landfilled. If the
Newhaven incinerator gets the green light 183 tonnes of the stuff
will be transported all the way to Gloucestershire - every day -
adding more pollution from the lorries.

So why have the Councils opted for such a stupid option? Simple -
short term gain. Building an incinerator "solves" the waste
problem for minimum cost and effort. The incinerator would only
employ about 25 people, which is a cheaper financial option than
the alternatives. But the problem with incinerators is that the
"costs" are born in different ways - mostly through the impact on
people's health.

Naturally the people of Newhaven aren't best pleased about having
the county's waste dumped on them. Over 23,000 representations
were made to the draft waste plan, thanks in part to DOVE
(Defenders of the Ouse Valley and Estuary) who've been fighting
these proposals, and describe the process as "a little like a game
of snakes and ladders in that you don't really know where you will
end up next at the start of each turn." Thanks to protests,
including a 600 strong demo on the 'day of health' at the public
enquiry, the planning inspector produced a report criticising the
councils' Local Waste Plan and stated an incinerator was
unnecessary - which the councils then promptly ignored, insisting
an incinerator is needed. Just like their incinerator this is a
load of toxic shit.

So what are the alternatives? Recycling is an obvious option. One
third of all waste is compostable (kitchen and garden waste) and
could be made into organic compost in municipal composters. While
its easy to recycle newspapers, glass, cans etc., what about all
the other waste tat still has to be dealt with? The answer is
Mechanical Biological Treatment which sorts out recyclable waste,
using magnets, grates, air streams and eddy currents. The
remainder is treated biologically, this final waste product can
either be safely landfilled or used as a soil conditioner. But
don't just believe our word for it, here's what Peter Jones, the
Director of Biffa Waste Services says: "It is entirely possible to
achieve the Landfill Directive without using incineration, using a
flexible 'pick and mix' option. Such an option would utilise
source separation, kerbside collection, composting, recycling and
mechanical screening to deal with municipal waste in a way that
actively contributes to the economic, social and environmental
goals of sustainable development."

This approach has been adopted elsewhere and is called a "Zero
Waste Strategy". Canberra in Australia is recycling 66% of its
waste and has reduced disposal to landfill by 42% over the last 5
years. Over 30% of all authorities in New Zealand have implemented
a Zero Waste Strategy. The process is simple and could very easily
be implemented in Britain, but lack of any government initiatives
has resulted in waste increasing by over 3% each year.

But best of all would be reducing the amount of waste produced in
the first place - by repairing items, less packaging and
ultimately the rejection of a consumerist lifestyle.

SUPERPEN

Luckily there's still time to stop the Newhaven incinerator being
built. SchNEWS isn't usually one for encouraging people to write
letters to those in power (as they're usually incinerated), but
this time it could prevent the councils going ahead with their
waste plans. Write letters of objection stating that you "OBJECT
to all modifications and rejections proposed by East Sussex County
Council and Brighton and Hove City Council to the waste local
plan" and that "Changes I wish to see are to accept the
Inspector's recommendations in full". Send your letters to: Joint
Waste Local Plan Team, Transport & Environment Department (WLP),
FREEPOST (LW43), Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1BR. These must be
received by noon 24th March, so get writing NOW. More information
about the letter writing at:
www.dove2000.org/dove/info/guidelines.asp

There will also be a Silent Protest against the incinerator at
County Hall, Lewes where East Sussex council will be meeting from
10am, Tuesday 5th April.

General information about the anti-incinerator campaign see:
www.dove2000.org and www.brighton.co.uk/incinerator

Here's just a (nasty) taste of what comes out of the chimney of an
incinerator:

Acidic gases: Nitrogen oxides, Sulphur dioxide, Hydrogen chloride
and Hydrogen fluoride.

Heavy metals: Arsenic, Antimony, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium,
Copper, Lead, Manganese, Mercury, Nickel, Thallium and Vanadium.

Dioxins, PCBs, furans and other volatile organic compounds.

Still, better than what's in a Big Mac.

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Have We Got News For You

SchNEWS is going on tour again this April-ish with "Have I Got
SchNEWS For You" A blatant rip off of the TV show but done in
SchNEWS style with anti-G8 emphasis. If you want us to come to
your area or festival get in contact ASAP to arrange a date, venue
and all the other logistical nightmares that go with a tour like
this. schnews@brighton.co.uk

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SchNEWS in brief

* Pirate Radion 4A back on the airwaves this weekend including a
new politics show and a childrens show. 101.4 FM in Brighton area
and www.radio4a.org.uk worldwide and for info and schedule

* Mad March Fayre on Hastings Pier this Saturday (12) "A real
outdoor music festival, indoors. No mud, real toilets!"
07729331614 www.madmarchfayre.com

* Next Tuesday (15) George Solomou ex TA refused to serve in Iraq
will be speaking at the Mad Hatter Café, Western Rd, Brighton 7.30
pm. www.safp.org.uk

* Check out the G8 Legal working group website
www.g8legalsupport.info where you can view the "Guide to Scots Law
& Police Powers"

* Interested in learning some new direct action training skills?
Organise a training event in your area for the G8 and beyond!
info@skillsharing.org.uk

* Schwoops, sorry to all those who went to see the SchNEWS at Ten
film in Bath. The film was sent by courier but mysteriously turned
into a seven foot wooden pole enroute. Whilst the pole wouldn't be
very interesting to watch, it would of course be useful for
sticking up the arses of slack delivery services who take yer dosh
but don't give a flying fig where your parcel gets to in the end.

* SchNEWS is in dire need of more of yer Crap Arrests. We know
there are thousands out there - send 'em in.

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SQUAT A SUCCESS

After 6 months squatting an abandoned children's nursery in
Birmingham, the council has agreed to squatters' demands that the
building be returned to local community use. The former council
nursery had been boarded up and deserted for two years before the
Nursery Social Centre Collective took it over in August. They have
been running it as a community centre with fair-trade café,
meeting place for workshops, cultural events, housing for homeless
people, and a community garden. The collective resisted three
evictions successfully, dressed in santa suits for the last one,
and won over the support of the local community, media, and even
judges in the court case said 'they were doing a good job'. They
have voluntarily agreed to move on as Birmingham City Council have
agreed that the RITE project, which works with young people
excluded from the education system, will take over the building.

It's a shame that the council didn't agree to the collective's
proposal to continue their social project, and that the RITE
project only needs to be re-housed because they are being chucked
out of their present building because - surprise surprise - it's
being sold off to a private buyer. But for this building at least,
direct action has persuaded the council to put a public building
back into social use. www.stuffit.org/nursery

* Leeds has a new autonomous anti-capitalist space with plans for
a cafe, radical bookshop and library, film showings and more. The
Common Place is at 23-25 Wharf St Leeds. www.thecommonplace.org.uk

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THE CURRENT SCUM

Tories and our beloved Sun newspaper (and now The Daily Nazi Rag,
sorry Mail - Ed) reacted angrily to Labour's recent about-turn on
the Traveller Site issue. Finally conceding their right to have
space to live, the Government have authorised councils to provide
land for sale to Travellers, ending standoffs around the island.

That Voice of Reason, the Sun, has declared war on the travellers,
urging people to "Stamp On The Camps". Their racist bile in recent
days has led to a prosecution for incitement to hatred by the
Traveller Law Reform Coalition. Meanwhile, the head of Constant
Baliff Co., a thug force that carries out Traveller evictions, had
a home visit. Twelve people protesting Constant's violent
clearance of camps banged pots outside his house (Rough Music
style) and leafleted his neighbours, telling them what a toe rag
they live next to.

www.travellerslaw.org.uk

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RUM COKE

Over the years Coca-Cola have never been far away from the pages
of SchNEWS... a prime example of the type of big globalized
business, aggressively pedaling unhealthy crap around the planet,
and doing it in the now clichéd, unethical, answer-to-no-one
American style that we all know and love so well. Recently,
attention has been on them for such minor things as brutality and
murder in Columbia and causing water-shortages and pollution in
India (see SchNEWS 447). They're so big that there's little we can
do but refuse to buy the stuff and sign the odd petition, right?
Wrong.

In what could be the first such action against Coke in the UK,
last Friday, at horrible o'clock in the morning, anti-capitalist
activists and human rights campaigners blockaded Coca-Cola's
distribution centre in Longwell Green, Bristol. Side and main
entrance gates were locked and eight protestors, representing the
eight trade-union supporters assassinated in Columbia since 1989
(not to mention the many more beaten, imprisoned, etc)
"arm-locked" themselves together - preventing lorries from
entering or leaving the site. Other people held banners and
placards, handed out leaflets to Coca-Cola workers and passers-by
explaining the reasons for their action.

Workers at the plant, including a union official, were supportive
of the protest. They told protesters they are suffering from the
same pressures as Coke workers in Colombia. They said they are
pressured to give up union membership, to work on casual
contracts, and to work more hours for less pay. Protesters said
this is exactly the type of thing the eight assassinated Colombian
trade union workers were resisting; and that their resistance cost
them their lives.

Protest supporter Dave Williams said: "I came down tonight to
support this because the UK is one of the biggest consumers of
Coca-Cola in the world, and it's a company with a lot of blood on
its hands." The protest lasted over 5 hours and blocked at least
twenty lorries. The depot serves the whole of Wales and the West
Country and the inconvenience is bound to have to taken the fizz
out of some executives' day. Direct action? It's the real thing...

www.killercoke.org www.cokewatch.org www.indiaresource.org

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PISS POWER

As we're going on about recycling this week, here's some novel
things we've heard about lately:

* Villagers in Matimangwe in the northwest of Mozambique have
converted their pit toilets into composters that use a human-waste
compost-latrine system called EcoSan. They use the compost to help
grow crops and sell the excess crap to help pay for clean wells
and schoolbooks.

* In San Francisco, a composting programme collects discarded food
and sells it on to organic farms and vineyards, while restaurants
save on refuse costs.

* Piss-powered fuel cells! This new kind of fuel cell, microbial
fuel cells, are so named because they contain microbes - live
bacteria. Almost any kind of organic matter can be food for
microbes, says Northwestern University researcher Bruce Rittman,
"Instead of just one fuel for fuel cells, hydrogen gas, you can
consider almost any fuel: wastewater, agricultural waste, food
residues..."

* "While we are considering innovative recycling, may I tell the
Hon. Lady that I have a constituent who had a couple of gallstones
removed and has made them into very attractive earrings?" Norman
Baker (Lewes MP)

SchNews thinks fuel cells are one thing but is he taking the...?

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TOTAL-ITARIAN

Question: how can a near-bankrupt corrupt military regime continue
to maintain its grip over 46m people whom have repeatedly
protested, and voted, against it? Answer: get Western companies,
in their never-ending quest for cheap profits, to fund the regime.
Yes, thanks big oil! Despite many Western corporations having been
forced out of Burma by shareholder and consumer pressure (some
more reluctantly than others we should add), there are always some
who just don't give a shit about things like legitimacy of
government, torture or brutality. Step forward TOTAL Oil.

Yes the French backed company "has become the main supporter of
the Burmese military regime" according to the leader of the
National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi, who has
largely lived under house-arrest since the NLD won a landslide
'victory' in the 1990 'free' elections - swiftly quashed by
General Ne Win (or is that No Win?) and the military. TOTAL's
joint venture in the Yadana gas project is estimated to earn the
junta hundreds of millions of dollars per year - all very welcome
in the costly battle to repress the locals (more than half the
country's income is spent on the military and Burma spend less on
health than any other country in the world). In addition, security
forces have committed horrific human rights abuses in the region
of TOTAL's gas pipeline - villagers have been killed, raped,
tortured, beaten and used as slave labour. Mercy? Non, merci!

Another hidden benefit of this involvement is that the French,
"looking after their interests", have therefore used their veto to
consistently derail attempts to get effective EU sanctions in
place again Burma (or 'Myanmar' as the junta rebranded the country
after the crackdown in 1990). A major new campaign, supported by
41 organizations in 18 countries, has been launched to get TOTAL
totally out of Burma.

And you can join in: Tell TOTAL Oil to pull out of Burma now! Send
them an email via the website: www.burmacampaign.org.uk/total.html

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..and finally...

Taking the piss has never been this easy as Belgian Vice President
Joahn Vande Lanotte discovered when he visited the urinals of his
ministry just before George Bush was due to visit the country.
Stuck on the inside of the pee-pan was a cartoon graphic of Bush
with the words - GO ON. PISS ON ME!

The colourful "piss-stickers" are still working their way around
schools, pubs and youth clubs, even after Air Force One's stop
(possibly to go to the toilet, we don't know) as part of Bush's
Euro'pee'on walkabout a couple of weeks ago.

Of course not everyone got the joke as one citizen has filed a
complaint with the Belgium judiciary "This sticker has nothing to
do with freedom of speech," he says. "If I go to the gents in the
pub nowadays, I am forced to pee on Bush and the American flag
because it is impossible to miss this sticker." Perhaps he should
aim a bit higher.

Of course this is not a unique idea - does anyone remember wiping
their arse on Margaret Thatcher bog roll in the eighties? SchNEWS
has never been ashamed of its toilet humour antics. Does anyone
else know of similar such abuses of high profile figures?

* If you want to see a copy of the infamous sticker "urine" luck -
go to:
www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/005/276vsdt
v.asp

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Disclaimer

SchNEWS warns all readers don't waste time getting yer fingers
burnt by playing with fire. Just keep cool asbestos you can when
you get the hots... Honest!

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INFORMATION FOR ACTION - IF YOU LIKE IT PASS IT ON...

What's On? Check out out Party and Protest guide at
www.schnews.org.uk/pap/guide.htm - it's updated every week, has
sections on regular events, local events, protest camps and
more...

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