Waste Meeting: 27th June, Totnes

SHFoE/TTT Waste Event – Methodist Church, Totnes – Wednesday 27th June – 8 pm

‘Waste Not, Want Not?’

What should we do with our waste? What should Devon County Council do with our waste? And what is waste anyway?

Speakers will be Tony Goldsworthy, a local waste consultant, and Peter Brooks, retired MD of an aerospace materials company who has been a life-long campaigner on energy, environment and economic issues. Tony and Peter will informatively and humorously cover a whole range of issues related to waste creation, recycling, energy from waste, and the final disposal of residuals. If you have a specific question or topic you’d like to know more about, tell us as you arrive and it will be addressed during the presentation.

The meeting will be also be an opportunity to discuss Devon County Council’s Waste Plan and Waste Management Strategy Review both of which are up for public consultation, so now is the time for everyone to have a say!

Devon County Council’s proposals include increased recycling, increased energy generated from waste, and a reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill. Large scale energy recovery facilities such as incineration are proposed. Smaller scale and therefore more local possibilities such as gasification and pyrolysis are not excluded but will not be provided in locations where they would prejudice the delivery or operation of a large scale facility.

If you would like to discuss these issues and how to tackle them then come along to a meeting on Wednesday 27th June at 8pm in the Methodist Church, Totnes, organised jointly by Transition Town Totnes and South Hams Friends of the Earth. Suggested donation £4/£3.

All Welcome




If you can’t attend the meeting but would like to contribute to the new waste plan ……you can comment on both of Devon County Council’s consultations:
The Devon Waste Management Strategy is inviting comments until 20th July:

and the Devon Waste Plan until 3rd August:


Solar feed in tariff

Yesterday the Supreme Court refused permission for Government to appeal over their illegal changes to the feed-in tariff.

This is a great campaign win and confirms that in future Government will not be able to meddle with tariff rates after they’ve been set.

More information – including our latest demands as the Government completes its review of the feed-in tariff scheme – will appear on the final demand campaign hub shortly. Please have a look if you get the chance.

But finally, thank you! Last October it looked like the solar industry could face total destruction and small scale renewables faced a bleak future.

Thanks to months of hard work by local campaigners the future is much brighter for solar and all clean energy.

Ban Incinerators petition

This is from FoE member Janet Chapman:


I just created my own petition on the Avaaz Petition Site. It’s called: Ban new incinerators in UK.

I really care about this issue and together we can do something about it! Every person who signs helps get us closer to the goal of 100 signatures — can you help out by signing?

Click here to read more about it and sign:

Campaigns like this always start small, but they grow when people like us get involved — please take a second right now to help out by signing and passing it on to as many people as possible.

Thanks so much,

Toxic Waste Dumping in Buckfastleigh?

How will a toxic dump affect Totnes?
There are plans to site an Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) plant between Buckfastleigh and Totnes close to the River Dart.
The plans include a proposed discharge licence into a tributary of the River Dart and up to 400 lorry movements per day.
It could have a major impact on the local environment, the tourist trade and quality of life.
Find out what this proposal will mean to our area.
Public Meeting
Civic Hall, Totnes
Thurs 29th March – 19.45pm
Chaired by the Mayor of Totnes, Judy Westacott MBE
For more information see www.community.buckfastleigh.org/

Who’s trashing the planet?


The production of all the goods we buy and use is putting the Earth under dangerous strain – from the depletion of natural resources, such as water and minerals, to toxic pollution. You can help our researchers by telling us about products you think have an unnecessary impact on the environment. Which products or companies are trashing the planet?

Best Wishes, Rita @ Friends of the Earth

Help Hedgehogs

On the face of it helping hedgehogs doesn’t seem necessarily high on the Friends of the Earth Agenda, but every little helps, and sometimes it’s nice to have a campaign that’s straightforward. Read on.


Hedgehog Campaign

People’s Trust for Endangered Species and British Hedgehog Preservation Society have joined forces to carry out a three year project to conserve hedgehogs. Together we are funding research into how hedgehogs move about the countryside and what features of farmland they like best. This will help us provide guidance to farmers about how best to manage their land for hedgehogs. We are also funding work on a new novel method of detecting hedgehog presence. This will allow volunteers to help us monitor them across the UK and will also provide a way of knowing whether hedgehogs are present on a particular site.

Hedgehog Street, is asking people to become Hedgehog Champions to rally support from their neighbours and work together to create ideal hedgehog habitat throughout their street, estate or communal grounds.

Hibernation Survey

A study was conducted 40 years ago which suggested a link between climate and when hedgehogs come out of hibernation.We are now repeating the study to see if climate change has affected hedgehog hibernation patterns.

We therefore need your help to collect hedgehog records from 1st February until 31st August 2012.

Simply tell us every time you see a hedgehog, noting its location and whether it is alive or dead. Please don’t forget to stay on the look out until the end of August when all hedgehogs should be awake.

To enter sightings you will need a username and password.

Once you have signed up you can record a sighting at any time by clicking on “ENTER YOUR RECORD”. Read more by following the link.