Are you already familiar with the Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme (WIDP)?

According to Defra:

WIDP has the role of supporting local authorities in delivering infrastructure to deal with residual waste. The Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme (WIDP) was established to support local authorities to accelerate investment in the large-scale infrastructure required to treat residual waste, without compromising efforts to minimise waste and increase recycling levels. WIDP works to ensure cost-effective and timely delivery of the major infrastructure required to bridge the shortfall in residual waste treatment capacity needed in order for England to meet its share of the UK’s Landfill Directive diversion targets.

WIDP brings together the resources and roles of Defra, Partnerships UK and 4ps in support of Authorities undertaking waste projects.

WIDP has also produced an Information note on Combined Heat and Power (CHP) (PDF 180 KB). This is based on proposal contained in the Renewables Obligation Banding Review, and the Renewable Energy Strategy.

Defra has also produced an FAQ briefing on waste PFI, and a report, database and map of potential energy users and CHP applications in each region where Round 4 waste PFI procurements are anticipated. Each regional study examined potential energy users and generators within an approximate 25 mile radius of the boundaries of each of the below counties/regions.

Reports on-line to date include:
Coventry and Derby
West of England and Dorset
South and West London
North London, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Hull and East Riding

For higher resolution versions of these maps please email

2 Responses to “Waste PFI infrastructure reports on-line”

  1. I find it bizzare, yet interesting how Defra’s language changes with regards to EfW/CHP Incinerator impacts

    They call it “minor”. Non establishment health experts find health effects as significant; “in this Country”

    Previously WDAs /Defra had different shape shifting language such as:

    “No significant health effects”
    “No detectable health effect”
    “Not credible evidence of health effects”

    Does incineration have a detrimental effect on public health?
    The report on the Review of Environmental & Health Effects of Waste Management said that we must acknowledge the role of incineration with energy recovery as a sustainable waste management option, although the priority must be waste minimisation, reuse and recycling (as set out in the waste hierarchy in WSE2007) before incineration. The report concludes that, on the evidence from studies so far, the treatment of MSW has, at most, a “minor effect on health in this country” – particularly when compared with other health risks associated with ordinary day to day living. This treatment includes incineration and the other energy recovery options.

    How minor or significant is this?? Then “safe” is out! Not “detectable” is out, following the minor logic! So if minor, then credible research has detected health effects. So we are debating how significant these health effects are, what are they (however minor), how magnified are they on local downwind populations or especially vulnerable individuals/communities with other conditions [young, old, asthmatics, heart conditions, pregnant women, diabetics]

    “in this country”? Do UK folk have different DNA, lungs or babies than elsewhere? Seems like a ploy to deflect/ invalidate relevant global PM2.5 research and incinerator emissions elsewhere, like the US, Japan and Italy.

    Has the in detailed scientific HPA research been undertaken since Nov 2005 to justify or better quantify or differentiate health effects, PM2.5, PM1 monitoring and what effects are on local downwind populations? You might find the HPA/COMEAP response is NO!

    Rob Whittle
    Vice Chair

  2. 17th February 2010
    Dear Rob Whittle

    I am unsure as to if you have seen the video refered below.
    Please find a copy of my recent email to all North Yorkshire councillors, re- a proposal to construct a Fly Ash Incinerator and 262ft Chimney in the country-side of North Yorkshire. so far I have recieved one (1) brief one liner acknowledgement, all the other County councillor’s (about 60 councillors), have as yet said, nowt.
    If you find the video of Interest, prehaps you can use it, say by placeing a link to the video upon your site.
    Best of everything to you and your supporters.


    A Allinson


    Please take a moment, to click and view the link I have provided below, it takes you to a Devon website and video presentation
    by a visiting Environmental Professor, Professor Paul Conett made just last week, It’s about a proposal (In Ivybridge, Devon) similar
    to the North Yorkshire County Council proposal for an Incinerator and Chimney for (amongst other sites) Allerton Quarry next to the A1
    close to the junction of the A59.

    video Link >>>

    The video runs about 18 mins, it’s packed with well researched & well supported Incinerator Information, note particularly the disturbing
    detail (about 3 mins from the end) about the effect upon unborn babies by Incinerator Dioxin Fly Ash, quite chilling.

    As you may be aware, we in the area of Allerton Quarry have a looming Environmental Disaster developing in our beautiful rural country area, namely the proposed construction of a massive waste Incinerator plant less than One mile away from CONEYTHORPE, and affecting within it’s Toxic fall-out footprint the nearby villages of CLARETON, ARKENDALE, FLAXBY, ALLERTON MAULEVER, HOPPERTON, GOLDSBOROUGH, WHIXLEY, LITTLE OUSEBURN, GREAT OUSEBURN, MARTON, GRAFTON, ALDBOROUGH, BOROUGHBRIDGE, BRANTON GREEN, FERRENSBY, GREEN HAMMERTON, LOWER DUNSFORTH, MINSKIP, MYTON-ON-SWALE, STAVELEY, UPPER DUNSFORTH, & surrounding area’s.

    Local affected residents seek to receive your support in our objections to any proposals to construct a massive 131 ft high Toxic Waste Incinerator Plant Factory and a Colossal 262 ft High Toxic fume spewing Chimney in the middle of our beautiful unspoilt North Yorkshire Countryside, By way of reference, York Minster, which is to be seen for miles around, is not as high at 200ft, as the proposed Incinerator Chimney of 262ft.

    I should be very pleased to receive your comments, at your convenience.


    A Allinson (

    Video Link >>>

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