Environmental Facts

Enviromental Facts


  • The USA effectively banned these type of Incinerators in 1997 – there must have been a reason!
  • Several other methods of waste disposal are available and Oxfordshire could have insisted on tenders from these, but chose not to.


  • Road traffic bringing in waste adds to the burden of emissions locally
  • The roads from the A34 to WRG are already overused and there are other planned expansions including at ASDA.
  • It will not only be lorry traffic, but also traffic accessing the site for staff and the visitor centre, which may well use the smaller roads through the villages.


  • WRG’s record of managing its current operation and keeping nuisance such as smell and flies under control does not inspire confidence as there are regular failures in their performance
  • WRG continually apply for variations to their permissions – what safeguards have we that this would not also occur with the proposed Incinerator


  • OCC has invited tenders for incineration without having an up to date waste disposal policy which the public have had a chance to comment upon
  • OCC chose Sutton Courtenay as a site although their own consultants said it should not be considered for an Incinerator because of the risk to environmentally sensitive areas locally
  • OCC has ignored both the numerous objections received to the proposal to use mass incineration and also the fact that their own consultation found incineration to be very unpopular.


  • The proposed Sutton Courtenay Incinerator is 50% larger than is necessary to burn all the residual waste expected to be produced by the end of the contract period, let alone at the beginning. The shortfall will be made up of commercial waste of an unspecified nature. OCC justifies this on cost saving grounds. What right so OCC have to impose this burden of pollution on an area which its own environmental report admits is already the most polluted in the county due to the power station?
  • If not enough rubbish is produced to burn, OCC (that is, us) will have to pay the fine to WRG!
  • The more successful the recycling campaign is, the more commercial incineration we will be exposed to, with attendant health risks.
  • The visual impact of this enormous building so close to Appleford will destroy the rural aspect of the village.
  • The building and its stack will be visible for miles around and from all the local vantage points, unacceptably extending the industrialised zone.