According to a Confederation of Paper Industries Press Release (18 September 2012) the UK paper industry is of the view that: “Subsidies for Energy from Waste and large scale energy only biomass should be phased out as they put at risk supplies of the Paper Industry’s basic raw materials – recycled fibres and wood pulp. According to MRW (Source – subscription only) these comments were repeated by CPI Director General David Workman.

Industry concerns relating to incineration of paper have previously been expressed by Roberto Villaquiran of FEFCO (an umbrella organisation representing European associations of corrugated board manufacturers) who stated that: “…what we strongly object is incineration of paper. Our raw material is far too valuable to be burned” (Source) and by Charlotte Morton from the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) who stated that “...Incinerating valuable resources that can be recycled does not make environmental or economic sense in the long term…This is true of all our vital materials: paper, glass, metals, electrical components and food.” (Source).

UKWIN has also called for an end to incineration subsidies in some of our many submissions to Government consultation, as well as highlighting the issues of incinerating recyclable and compostable material and calling for a tax on incineration and a moratorium on further waste PFI funding.

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