The answer to a ministerial question has revealed that the Government has not been keeping a close eye on incineration capacity, despite a European Commission spokesman making it clear in March 2012 that “the UK should look to reuse and recycling and not to over-capacity of incineration” (source).

Neil Carmichael MP put in a question “To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of existing provision of incineration capacity for the disposal of municipal waste…”, to which Nicholas Boles MP responded: “The Government has made no recent assessment…” (Citation: HC Deb, 10 September 2012, c39W).

Back in January 2012 UKWIN asked the government for “the information held by Defra used to monitor existing and/or potential domestic waste treatment capacity” and were told that such information could not be provided because it was not held. It is unclear how this can be squared with the August 2010 statement from a Defra spokesman that “We monitor potential waste-incineration capacity very closely” (source).

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