On Saturday 20th March, Chesterfield will play host to a gathering of anti-incineration campaigners from around the country when the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the church on Spencer Street.

UKWIN is a network of 110 campaigners and campaign groups from throughout the UK. Many of these will be represented at the AGM, where they will listen to guest speaker Alan Watson deliver a presentation tracing the history of the anti-incineration movement.

Alan Watson will deliver a presentation tracing the history of the anti-incineration movement

Alan Watson will deliver a presentation tracing the history of the anti-incineration movement

Mr Watson, Director of Public Interest Consultants, is a recognised expert on waste treatment and disposal, and a former a member of Environmental Protection Advisory Committee for the Environment Agency in Wales. He previously worked for the Department of the Environment and was the senior specialist on Industry and Pollution for Friends of the Earth.

Participants will also be treated to a presentation from waste statistician Keith Kondakor about current trends in waste reduction and how to use waste data to support anti-incineration campaigning.

UKWIN’s National Coordinator, Shlomo Dowen, will explain how his High Court victory means campaigners can use the Audit Commission Act to reveal the financial arrangements behind large waste contracts.

This year’s AGM will be hosted by the local Chesterfield, Derbyshire and Derby groups.

Julie Harrington of Chesterfield Against Incineration (CAI) explains:

The event is particularly timely as a decision by Derbyshire County Council on whether to refuse planning permission for an incinerator in Chesterfield is imminent.

The planning application from the Wales-based firm Cyclamax, for a hazardous, commercial waste incinerator on Dunston Road, Chesterfield has generated an over-whelming level of public opposition from both residents and businesses, with over 11,000 objections to date, as well as opposition from every parish, town, borough and district council in the area.

The event will be an opportunity for local waste campaign groups to compare notes with others from throughout the UK. UKWIN’s National Coordinator, Shlomo Dowen, is looking forward to the event.

Gatherings like this one are always uplifting for those involved. They combine the serious work of campaigning and the joy of being with like-minded people.

According to Friends of the Earth’s Keith Kondakor:

Incineration is a false solution. Using the Earth’s finite resources more efficiently and cost-effectively demands more reuse, recycling and composting. Burning valuable materials is economic madness. We have just started on a recycling revolution in the UK that is diverting waste from landfill more quickly, more safely and less expensively than these costly, wasteful and unloved incinerator projects.

CAI’s Julie Harrington adds:

UKWIN has been a very valuable source of information and a great source of support for the campaign group, providing access to well-researched data and evidence on a range of safer and greener alternatives to gasification/incineration; experts on incineration processes and their environmental impacts; and case studies from councils across the country that have already ruled out incineration as an option in their waste strategies.

We encourage anyone interested in the subject to attend the AGM and benefit from the vast amount of knowledge and experience that UKWIN has gathered on these controversial and potentially health-damaging technologies.

In a LetsRectcle article entitled Sheffield approves major waste budget increase we read that:

Sheffield city council has approved plans to improve its kerbside recycling service at a cost of up to £3.1 million a year, despite needing to make cutbacks of up to £18 million in its overall spending for 2010/11.

The council approved proposals to increase both the frequency and range of materials included in its kerbside collections as part of a new waste strategy for 2009-2020 at a cabinet meeting last week (November 25 2009).

Commenting on the improvements, the council’s cabinet member for climate change and local environment, councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, comes close to admitting that Veolia’s Sheffield incinerator has held back the City’s recycling rates for years:

However, given that Sheffield has the lowest kerbside recycling service satisfaction rate of any major city and the rest of Yorkshire, we know that a transformation in this area is required…I’m confident that our plans will deliver this to ensure that we see a recycling revolution right across Sheffield.

The strategy reveals that, by introducing the changes, it aims to increase residents’ satisfaction with their kerbside collection service, as well as working towards achieving a 45% recycling rate by 2015.

Sheffield City Council’s Waste Strategy will add to the scramble for waste to burn in Sheffield’s incinerator:

By working with Veolia we will seek a joined up approach to sharing waste treatment facilities, including our Energy Recovery Facility, to maximise the carbon saving for municipal waste.

4.1.8 The current Planning Permission for the Energy Recovery Facility allows 10% of the 225,000 tonnes capacity of the facility to be imported from the neighbouring authorities of Rotherham and North East Derbyshire.
4.1.9 This current planning permission allows waste to be transported from a distance of 15.1 miles away (as the crow flies) from the Energy Recovery Facility. Other local authorities are producing municipal waste closer still to the Energy Recovery Facility, and taking some of this other municipal waste to the Energy Recovery Facility would further reduce the environmental impacts of transporting this waste for treatment.
4.1.10 With the decrease in household waste forecast for treatment at the Energy Recovery Facility as shown in figure 4.2 and allowing for 20,000 tonnes of municipal waste, around 8% of household arisings for Sheffield, the current 10% allowance for imported waste could be doubled without compromising the priority of Sheffield municipal waste through the [incineration] facility.

So, look out Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, Worksop, and Chesterfield – Sheffield Veolia is turning to you to help keep the incinerator burning.

Also see: Did McDonald’s give Sheffield’s incinerator indigestion?

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

Sheffield could become the “dustbin of South Yorkshire” if proposals to allow the city’s incinerator to burn waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Chesterfield are approved. Sheffield Council’s contractor Veolia, which runs the city’s incinerator in Bernard Road, Hyde Park, has applied for planning permission to import 75,000 tonnes of extra waste a year from the neighbouring towns to make up for a ‘shortfall’ in household waste and operational problems encountered when Veolia tried burning too much commercial waste [see Did McDonald’s give Sheffield’s incinerator indigestion?]. Continue reading »

Sheffield incinerator operator Veolia has been forced to seek household waste from further afield after shortfalls in waste arising combined with increased reliance on trade waste resulted in what Veolia describe as “notable inefficiencies to the energy generating process”. Veolia has applied for planning permission to import 75,000 tonnes of extra household waste a year from Barnsley, Doncaster and Chesterfield.

Veolia’s admission calls into question any incinerator operators’ ability to rely on topping up with commercial and industrial waste. Continue reading »

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