On Thursday 7th December 2017 the London Assembly’s Environment Committee will be discussing issues relating to incineration as part of the Committee’s investigation into waste management in London.

Shlomo Dowen, the National Coordinator of the UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN), will be one of the guest attending the meeting. UKWIN has provided written evidence to the London Assembly showing how waste incineration harms recycling and why it is important that London adopts a moratorium on new waste incineration capacity.

The meeting, which starts at 2:30pm, will be open to the public and broadcast via the London Assembly website at https://www.london.gov.uk/media-centre/london-assembly

Commenting on his forthcoming attendance, Shlomo Dowen explained: “London has a great opportunity to be a global leader in sustainable waste management, but at the moment London’s recycling rates are suffering from the effects of incineration overcapacity. I am looking forward to discussing the future of London’s waste management with the Environment Committee, alongside exploring some of the problems caused by waste incineration”.

— NOTES —

  • The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) is a network comprising more than 100 member groups who oppose waste incineration. UKWIN carries out research into the problems caused by waste incineration and the opportunities for more prudent resource use in line with the circular economy.
  • UKWIN opposes the incineration of waste, including via gasification and pyrolysis, because incineration depresses recycling, destroys valuable resources, releases greenhouse gasses, and is a waste of money. Incineration has no place in the zero waste closed-loop circular economy towards which we should be working.
  • UKWIN is currently calling for a UK-wide moratorium on new waste incineration capacity, in line with the Early Day Motion (EDM) 581. For more on EDM 581 see: http://ukwin.org.uk/bin
  • The Environment Committee is investigating London’s waste generation, handling and disposal. The investigation will build on earlier Committee work and identify recommendations to the Mayor. UKWIN’s July 2017 submission to the London Assembly’s Environment Committee is available from: http://ukwin.org.uk/files/pdf/July_2017_UKWIN_London_Assembly_Waste_Management_Submission.pdf

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