Communities Against Toxics (CATs) is 21 years old this month. CATs’ long life has been possible through the support of its faithful members and the three foundations that provided financial support. Continue reading »

Both north and south of the border we appear to be winning some and losing others Continue reading »

Green Alternatives to Incineration in Scotland (GAINS) have produced a petition that is open to anyone. Continue reading »

The Monklands Residents Against Pyrolysis Plant (MRAPP) team are reporting success with a unanimous vote to oppose incineration.

A special meeting of North Lanarkshire Council’s Planning and Transportation Committee was held at the Motherwell Civic Centre to consider an incinerator application from Shore Energy.

The Committee voted unanimously to reject the application by Simon Howie’s company to build a pyrolysis incinerator in the Carnbroe/Shawhead area of Coatbridge, on the site of a former Shanks McEwan landfill.

Mr Howie intends to appeal to Scottish Government and campaigners are ready to give evidence in opposition to the scheme. More details are available from the Green Alternatives to Incineration in Scotland website.

The Coatbridge victory represents the fifth Scottish incinerator to have been refused planning consent in the last 6 months. In each case the companies are in the process of appealing to Scottish Ministers, meaning a local public inquiry by the Government ‘Reporter’.

There are more applications in the pipeline. See for details.

The people of Abernethy are facing the toughest struggle of all, because they are two miles downwind of a proposed incinerator at Binn Farm that received planning consent in 2006.

In the words of The Scotsman ‘Victory for the people’ as incinerator plans go up in flames:

Plans to build one of Scotland’s largest incinerators (100,000 tonnes per annum) in Peterhead have been rejected by Aberdeenshire Council. The proposed development had sparked a storm of protest in the town over health fears, and more than 6,000 people – equivalent to a third of Peterhead’s population – had signed a petition opposing it.

Members of the local Buchan area committee had voted by six to five last month in favour of the development, despite a recommendation by senior planning officials that it be rejected. The senior planners argued the site selection process undertaken by CHP had not been robust and fell short of justifying the site at Peterhead as being suitable for the energy-from-waste facility.

On 21st January 2010, following a lengthy debate, councillors voted 49-13 to reject the incinerator application.

John Askey, the resident who launched the campaign against the proposed plant, is quoted as saying:

We are absolutely delighted with the decision. The people of Peterhead will be over the moon. The threat of this incinerator has been hanging over the town for almost two years, and it has put a great strain on the people of Peterhead.

LetsRecycle reports how Aberdeenshire council’s planning and environment services said Buchan’s incinerator application did not comply with the necessary planning policies.

There is a demonstration outside the Scottish Parliament on 1st October at 1 PM Continue reading »


Incinerator Protest Song Aims To Set Charts Ablaze – less than a fortnight to iTunes release. Continue reading »

Well, if you thought that the Summer of 2009 was gonna be a chance for waste campaigners to relax, think again… Continue reading »

Update by Jeni Mackay Scottish Campaigns coordinator. CATs Scotland is currently working on the Waste framework Directive (WFD), IPPC and supporting Community groups facing efw developments in their areas. Continue reading »

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