Eunomia’s Residual Waste Infrastructure Review (12th Issue) is now available via: http://www.eunomia.co.uk/reports-tools/residual-waste-infrastructure-review-12th-issue/
The matter is covered by the BBC in an article entitled: Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40831628 which reports that:
Eunomia’s Dominic Hogg accused the government of withdrawing from waste and resources policy over the last seven years.
This has led, he says, to the rate of improvement in recycling slowing down, and then going into reverse in England.
Mr Hogg said: “The most significant changes in recent years have been the switch from landfilling of waste to incinerating it. This reflects a complete absence of ambition, and gives rise to costs that are not justified by the benefits.”
“Are we leaving the EU so that we can regain the tag of ‘the dirty man of Europe?’”
He pointed out that it used to appear environmentally beneficial to burn waste rather than coal. But now the UK’s energy stock is cleaner, incineration looks an increasingly dirty option.
According to Shlomo Dowen, National Coordinator of the UK Without Incineration Network:
“Most reports on residual waste treatment capacity are commissioned by companies with a financial stake in investment in new waste incineration capacity, whereas Eunomia’s reports are more independent.
“Eunomia’s latest report confirms that we will soon have more incineration capacity than residual waste. However, this understates the problem because much of what is currently described as ‘residual waste’ can actually be recycled or composted.
“We already have more incineration capacity than we will have genuinely residual waste to burn, and so have already reached ‘overcapacity’ in the UK. We need to be recycling our waste, not wasting millions of pounds building yet more incinerators that will be redundant in a Circular Economy.”

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