Rossano Ercolini was awarded the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize for his leadership in a grassroots campaign educating Italian communities on the merits of zero waste.
Local campaigners opposing the ~600ktpa incinerator at Rookery Pit in Bedfordshire wish to make people aware of an opportunity to listen to Paul Connett and Jane Green speak about incineration and Zero Waste on the 3rd of June 2013:
It is that time again. Time to make people aware of the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The theme for this year is “Mainstreaming the message: Publicising our perspective and celebrating our campaign victories”. Previous UKWIN themes include: “Zero waste to burn, zero time to waste” and “Campaigning positively against incineration”.
In addition to existing resources such as the Guide to Site-Specific Non-Waste Planning Policies (PDF) and the Quote Bank and other useful documents, the Resources section of the UKWIN website now feature two new items of potential interest for our members.
According to a report from GAIA, “More than 300 people – including many members of the European Parliament; mayors and local decision-makers from across Europe; members of the European Parliament; Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for the Environment; and Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons – came together for the first Zero Waste Europe Conference in the European Parliament on 7 March 2013 – by far the most successful zero waste event in Europe to date.”
Recently released HMRC Figures show that the amount of solid waste recorded as being taxed at the Standard Rate of Landfill Tax has fallen from 52.465 million tonnes in the 2001 calendar year to 18.987 million tonnes in 2012. Generally speaking, the Standard Rate of Landfill Tax covers non-inert (‘active’) solid waste (municipal, commercial and industrial).
According to Environment Agency data published by letsrecycle.com, the quantity of RDF received from the UK increased from 272,000 tonnes in 2011 to 892,900 tonnes in 2012. This is roughly equivalent to a rise from 0.36 million to 1.2 million tonnes of waste, as it takes around 1.33 tonnes of waste to produce 1 tonne of RDF due to water loss.
The environmental documentary “Trashed” was shown to about 150 people, including many MPs, anti-incineration campaigners and journalists at a special showing at the House of commons on 7th February 2013. The screening was hosted by actor Jeremy Irons and MP Zac Goldsmith, and the film was followed by a Question and Answer session that also featured Professor Vyvyan Howard.
Provisional information on Local Authority Collected Waste is out for April to June 2012 (Quarter 1 of 2012/13). Final data is scheduled to be released in November 2013.
An update on some of the various activities in relation to the campaigns against incineration in Buckinghamshire, Cardiff, Cheshire, Derby, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Surrey and Invergordon are outlined below (Updated 11 January 2013 to add the Invergordon entry and 05 February 2013 to update Surrey entry).
In Trashed, an environmental documentary, Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons explores the world’s most environmentally polluted places to reveal the extent our rubbish is affecting us and our planet. In a recent Guardian interview, Jeremy asked viewers to research whether there is an incinerator proposed for their area “and, if there is, to oppose it”.