OPPONENTS of a plan to build a waste-to-energy plant in Barnstaple have met to form a campaign group. Devon Residents Against Incineration (DRAIN), is campaigning to get the proposals scrapped on health and environmental grounds. They say that the burnin

OPPONENTS of a plan to build a waste-to-energy plant in Barnstaple have met to form a campaign group.Devon Residents Against Incineration (DRAIN), is campaigning to get the proposals scrapped on health and environmental grounds. They say that the burning of rubbish produces toxic and carbon emissions, and that contaminated ash would go to landfill.The group is calling for a public debate and a referendum on alternative methods that encourage people to reuse and recycle.It also advocates a comprehensive national and local policy to reduce unnecessary packaging; to make more durable products; and to reuse, reduce and recycle waste to a minimum.Everyone is welcome to attend the group's next meeting on Wednesday, March 4, at The Owl Cafe, Maiden Lane, Barnstaple, at 7pm.The £39.3million incinerator plans are drawn up by Devon County Council and North Devon Council. They say that the scheme at Seven Brethren would burn more than 90 per cent of the household rubbish currently sent to landfill at Deepmoor, near Torrington.Energy from the plant would be used to supply heat and power to other planned developments at Seven Brethren, including the new North Devon College and a Tesco supermarket.