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Egger, brown bins and recycling

July 19, 2009

The plans to expand Egger, Europe’s most advanced particle board factory, have met with some disapproval but all of the concerns can be addressed.

The economic future of the Hexham constituency is closely tied in with land based businesses of all descriptions – including forestry. Simply growing things is not enough; we have to add value to the product to get maximum economic return into the area. Egger is simply the largest example of the type. In this very rural constituency the largest future economic potential lies in growing food, energy and industrial raw materials. Handled correctly, our economic future can be brilliant. If special steps are required to make that future happen and meet the concerns of residents, then we should take those steps

Large factories can be made to disappear completely. Building camouflage was developed to a very high degree in WW2. The planners could insist on much greater degrees of concealment without excessive expense. The tree planting schemes will, naturally, take years to work.

The plume over the factory is only steam and need not be a source of anxiety.

Our brown bin is paid for and used all the time for those materials that will not compost in the garden. If it had been my decision I would not have levied the £20 extra fee this year. The sums raised and the number of households paying seems to have made the whole exercise rather futile and made improving things in the future that bit more difficult. Recycling is an area in which the UK has a great distance to go to catch up our European neighbours – we must improve our performance.

A proportion of our rubbish can be reused, some can be composted, some can be made into fuels and some can be burnt to generate power. At the end of the process, there should be almost nothing left – and consequently almost nothing to go into landfill.

To encourage recycling we should introduce avoidable charges. The more efficient each household is at sorting its rubbish, the less it pays in collection charges.