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Cardiff incinerator court case

Chimney belching smoke

Barrister Alex Goodman told the Cardiff High Court that Cardiff council must “quash” their decisions that allowed Viridor to start building their incinerator because they were taken unlawfully.

Environment Bill may stop incinerator contract

Black waste bags containing recyclable items

The Prosiect Gwyrdd contract to burn waste in Viridor’s Cardiff incinerator may be stopped by the Environment Bill. The council was due to be sign an expensive 25-year contract with Viridor at the end of September, but it is threatened by the draft Bill which was published on 23rd October.

Cardiff Council waste collection consultation

Black waste bags

The Welsh Government has set a 70 per cent waste diversion target for councils to achieve by 2025. While councils in Wales have achieved significant increases in the amount of waste diverted they still have some way to go to achieve the target.

Recent research by Cardiff Council has found that half of the materials in residual (black bag) waste in some areas could have been recycled.

Legal challenge to the Cardiff waste incinerator

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Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth Cymru has launched a legal challenge against plans by the Welsh Government to fund a massive £105m waste incinerator in Cardiff. The action comes as Cardiff City Council and its partners are poised to sign a contract committing the city to 25 years of waste incineration.

Ask Cardiff Council to get Llanishen Reservoir refilled

Lisvane Reservoir closure notice

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Llanishen Reservoir was built by the Victorians. It is a Grade II listed structure, and the grassland surrounding it is a SSSI.

Reject the Viridor incinerator bid

Incinerator chimney belching smoke

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

The councillors of Caerphilly, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport, and Vale of Glamorgan are due in the next few days to vote on whether to accept Viridor's bid to burn council black bag waste in their incinerator.

Desision on incinerator planning enforcement postponed

Chimney belching smoke

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

At the Planning committee yesterday all three councillors for Splott – Gretta Marshall, Huw Thomas, and Luke Holland – said that they believed enforcement action should be taken to stop Viridor’s unauthorised building of the Cardiff incinerator.

Who is in charge of planning in Cardiff?

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Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Are the elected councillors in charge of planning in Cardiff or Viridor?

Viridor started building their incinerator in August 2012 without having met all the planning conditions set by Cardiff Council.

Stop Cardiff Council dropping incinerator planning conditions

Chimney belching smoke

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Viridor want Cardiff Council to discharge almost all of the conditions on the incinerator even though they haven't complied with them.

Cardiff Council imposed a number of planning conditions on Viridor when they gave planning permission for the incinerator in 2010. These include:

Incinerator planning decision delayed

Chimney with smoke coming out of it.

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Cardiff Council have withdrawn Viridor's application for discharging planning preconditions on the Cardiff incinerator from both the August and September planning meetings.

Cardiff Against the Incinerator (CATI) have submitted evidence backing up their claims that:

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