ENVIRONMENTALISTS and socialists joined forces for a demonstration in Sheffield last Saturday calling for the city's municipal waste incinerator to be shut down.
Around 50 protesters marched to Sheffield Town Hall where recyclable rubbish was deposited, highlighting the call for the council to improve recycling facilities and introduce door to door collections. Greenpeace activists recently scaled the incinerator stack and draped down it a massive banner saying "Toxic crime" in order to highlight the dangers of chemical emissions.
The rally on the town hall steps cheered the news that protesters in Edmonton had been cleared of all charges following a similar demonstration in north London. The protesters were cleared on the grounds that they were preventing a greater crime-pollution. Sheffield's Liberal-controlled council is threatening to privatise refuse collection in the city. The incinerator campaign now has the opportunity to link up with bin workers who want to keep the service in public hands.