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Greens call for a zero waste strategy

Green Surrey MEP Caroline Lucas has called on Surrey County Council to adopt a ‘zero waste’ strategy and scrap plans for landfill sites and incinerators.

Lucas said proposed landfill sites at Ewhurst Brick Works and Ockley had poor access via narrow twisting lanes, bordered residential properties, and fell within areas of outstanding natural beauty and special scientific interest.

She said: “Landfilling waste is an environmentally destructive and wasteful way of dealing with waste anywhere – but these two sites are especially inappropriate.”

According to Lucas the narrow and winding roads to the two sites would be hard for HGVs and RCVs to use and nearby residents would suffer from noise, litter and pollution.

Lucas spoke as the council closed its public consultation on its draft waste plan. The Surrey Green Party wants the council to pursue a ‘zero waste’ policy by improving recycling rates and establishing small, community-run recycling and composting facilities in allotments and other sites across the county.

“The County Council must go back to the drawing board and find a waste strategy that doesn’t involve creating new landfill sites – or incinerators – in the Surrey countryside,” she said.

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