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Waste could ‘provide energy’ says MP

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The thousands of tons of waste created in Ryedale each year could be used to provide 
energy for homes and businesses in the district, believes MP Anne McIntosh.

She will be promoting the idea as part of a debate on the controversial issue of fracking next month.

Ms McIntosh, MP for Thirsk and Malton, said: “Such a policy would solve two problems – what to do with the mountain of waste we generate and contributing significantly to providing sources of energy.”

She said she was concerned about the disposing of water used in the fracking process and the risk of pollution.

“The EU is trying to increase recycling rates. We need to look at how we can convert our waste products into energy,” said Ms McIntosh, who is urging a wide public debate on fracking, pointing out that France, Denmark and Germany were among other European countries which were looking to alternatives.

Miss McIntosh, chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, will take evidence of Defra’s responsibility for fracking from the Secretary of State, Elizabeth Truss.

The one-off session will be held on Wednesday, September 10, at 3pm, in a Parliamentary Committee room to be confirmed.

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