Councillor responses

Councillor Keith Owen responded to our letter of 6 October after only a few days. He is the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health and Wellbeing on Exeter City Council. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend the exhibition launch.

Cllr Owen response - RE_ Energy from Waste

Councillor Roger Croad, who is the Cabinet Member for Community and Environmental Services on Devon County Council, required substantially more prodding. Eventually, in late November, we received a very full response (pdf) from the County Waste Manager.

Photos – Inside the Incinerator

Diana was invited to the inauguration of the Incinerator on the morning of 16th October. She took a bunch of cutie PM2.5 particles with her, and they were a big hit with Viridor staff! Thanks to @michaelrigby2 from Cobalt Energy for providing his photos.

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All togged up, ready for the tour around the incinerator. It was very instructive, and everyone should go to see how our waste is treated.

Speeches were spoken, a plaque unveiled, and there was lots of enthusiastic chatter about the inauguration.

What you chuck in your black bin is collected by the lorries, chucked in this big pit, mashed up and shredded a bit.

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The control room monitors the ins and outs of waste-bearing lorries, and emissions.

Waste is loaded into oscillating kiln and burnt, I think at 8,000 degrees.

Most of the toxic particles are collected in lime bags (a bit too messy to show).

This is the stack, with the red lights on top, shooting emissions into the atmosphere. The Environment Agency regulates these.

This is the air cooled condenser. Steam that has been through the turbine is cooled back to water ready to go back through the cycle.

Lorries come to take the toxic fly and bottom ash away.

The particles 'emitted' at the exhibition launch were also a big hit with Viridor staff. Diana needs to make more!

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Photos – Photographs by Ben Borley

We commissioned Benjamin J Borley to take some photographs of the Incinerator to include in the exhibition. Here are the results, including two that we had to exclude for lack of space.

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Incinerator (study 1 infra), 2014

Incinerator (study 2), 2014

Incinerator (study 3), 2014

Not shown in the exhibition

Not shown in the exhibition

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Photos – Particulart launch

We had our exhibition launch on the evening of Wednesday 15th October, just before the inauguration of the Incinerator on the morning of the 16th.

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Diana spoke about the politics of the Incinerator...

...Clare talked a bit about the exhibition...

...and a bit more...

...then Michael Rigby from Cobalt Energy, a sub-contractor working on the build, gave an impromptu introduction to the engineering.

The head scratching response

The pondering response

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Photos – Particulart hanging

Hanging the particles and Ben’s photographs in the Real Food café took over 5 hours. We were exhausted, but very pleased with how it turned out. Big thanks to Naomi Hart for her advice in the planning stage and help with the hanging.

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Dioxin from without

Furan from without

Diana putting the finishing touches to carbon dioxide

Carbon dioxide on the way up to the café

Ben's infra-red photo

Dioxin from within

Particulate matter and heavy metals

Acid rain - hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen bromide, and sulphur dioxide

Furan from within

Exhibition blurb

NOx - nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and nitrous oxide - doing the flying duck thing

Polychorinated biphenyl

The lovely Naomi wrestling with a photo frame

Ben's photos

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Party!

A6 leaflet - colour2Please find here our invitation to you to attend our party… the exhibition from 13th October to 8th November, and/or the launch event on the evening of 15th October before the Incinerator’s inauguration on the morning of the 16th. If you could let us know you’re coming, that would be very helpful. Thanks for your support!