Actor Jeremy Irons backs incinerator fight

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith and actor Jeremy Irons at the screening of waste documentary Trashed, which was shown in Portcullis House next to the House of Commons in London last week

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith and actor Jeremy Irons at the screening of waste documentary Trashed, which was shown in Portcullis House next to the House of Commons in London last week

First published in News Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , SNJ reporter for Stonehouse and Chalford. Twitter @ChrisWarneSNJ

ACTOR Jeremy Irons has become the latest big name to back GlosVAIN's campaign against the incinerator.


Irons, 64, signed the group's pledge to 'support sustainable, environmentally friendly waste solutions and oppose a large-scale waste incinerator in Gloucestershire' at a screening of his new documentary Trashed in London last Thursday.


Trashed, which is narrated by Irons, looks at the global problem of increasing waste volumes and argues that more rubbish should be recycled and re-used rather than put into landfill or burnt in incinerators.


The screening, hosted by the Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, was attended by representatives from anti-incineration groups GlosVAIN and GlosAIN, who secured Irons' support for their campaign prior to the showing.


Speaking exclusively to the SNJ afterwards, Irons said he signed the pledge because he felt incineration was outdated and potentially harmful to human health.


"Incinerators encourage waste because they have large appetites that must be satisfied. The future of our finite resource globe must be to recycle and re-use our resources not to burn them," he said.


Author Jilly Cooper, Ecotricity founder Dale Vince, The Fabulous Baker Brothers Tom and Henry Herbert, Vogue contributing editor Plum Sykes, artist PJ Crook MBE and fashion designers Savannah Miller and Lucinda 'Lulu' Jane Guinness OBE have all signed the pledge opposing the facility.

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