It is worth reading the 9th October 2012 Isonomia article ‘Exports: a waste of energy?‘ by Eunomia Principal Consultant Adam Baddeley. The article critiques the primary arguments that the domestic incineration lobby use to claim that it is better to build new incinerators to treat RDF than to export it to other European countries. Continue reading »

UKWIN has produced a letter calling for the Treasury to introduce an incineration tax. Please print and send a copy to the Chancellor and your local MP, and spread the word. Continue reading »

Hope you’re all enjoying a good Christmas, and looking forward to 2011. I could not resist taking this opportunity to thank you for everything we’ve achieved throughout 2010, and to share the celebration of our collective success.

Whatever the result of any individual application, collectively we are making our mark. Further evidence of this impact can be found in the recent surge in mainstream national newspaper coverage, helping raise the profile of our Network and the efforts of our growing community.

Monday’s Financial Times carried a piece (available in full at http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/148756d6-11f3-11e0-92d0-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz19PA3RJ3b to those who register) entitled “Planning objections leave groups [i.e. waste companies] turning waste into energy down in the dumps”. It seems we are giving the poor rich waste companies a hard time.

The FT article explains how:

The stakes are high for the companies that are paid to pick up the garbage and also sell it into the National Grid. Dominic Nash, analyst at Liberum Capital, estimates that if the various plants Viridor has in the pipeline are built, they would contribute £170m to the group’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (ebitda). That is more than this year’s total forecast ebitda for all of the operations at Viridor, which is part of Pennon , and accounted for a third of Pennon’s profits in the last half-year period, helping the group avoid the recent earnings woes of peers United Utilities and Severn Trent.

David Palmer-Jones, chief executive of Sita UK (“which is awaiting approval for three energy-from-waste projects”) is quoted as saying:

They [Councils] all think it’s marvellous until you say to them, ‘Can I build one a mile from your house?’ and then they say, ‘We don’t like it [the idea] any more’.

And Tuesday’s Independent is brimming with articles on incineration. The cover story (yes, we made it to the cover of the Independent) features the alarmist headline: “Waste crisis means 80 giant furnaces set for go-ahead in 2011”. The opening paragraph describes us as “grassroots revolutionaries”:

A grassroots revolt is growing over a new generation of controversial incinerators planned across the UK, which would see the amount of household waste sent to be burnt more than double. Incinerators are currently being planned on more than 80 sites under the so-called “dash for ash”.

The article goes on to say:

The Coalition must decide this summer whether to give its blessing to the £10bn roll-out of the new incinerator chimneys, which continue to meet fierce levels of local resistance from those who would live in their shadow. Concern over possible health risks and impact on property prices looks likely to make incineration one of the most toxic political issues of 2011. Vehement opposition also comes from environmentalists, who claim that incinerators contribute to greenhouse gases and discourage councils from meeting more ambitious recycling goals.

Read the whole article at: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/waste-crisis-means-80-giant-furnaces-set-for-goahead-in-2011-2170387.html

And the two related articles at:
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/michael-mccarthy-whats-the-official-line-on-incinerators-there-isnt-one-2170391.html
and http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/chancellor-opposes-waste-disposal-on-his-doorstep-2170392.html

Congratulations all ‘round. Now let’s start feeding interested journalists the follow-up copy and corrections! It would be good to see an article that deconstructs the claim, made by David Sher, policy adviser for the Environmental Services Association, (“which represents the waste industry” who “acknowledged the level of opposition” to incineration) that: “Energy from waste is a clean, proven and reliable technology and must form a component of sustainable waste management and energy strategies.”

So far, we have:
1. Crymlyn Burrows
2. Dargavel
3. Isle of Wight
4. Sheffield

There are other (historic) examples of emissions breeches (e.g. Nottingham’s Eastcroft incinerator), and also examples of incinerator plans being dropped because of the excessive cost (e.g. Coventry), and of incinerators running out of feedstock (e.g. Hampshire), as well as examples of incinerators described as Combined Heat and Power plants that have never harnessed the heat (e.g. South East London CHP).

Please sent further examples to UKWIN

The notion of Zero Waste is not new. Communities around the world has been experimenting with various approaches to sustainable waste management more than a decade before the UK Government announced its aspiration to achieve a “zero waste economy”. Continue reading »

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.

Why incineration is a very bad idea in the Twenty First Century
by Paul Connett, PhD Continue reading »

We are proud to announce that the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) is featured alongside others, such as Friends of the Earth Senior Waste Campaigner Michael Warhurst and UKWIN AGM 2009 keynote speaker Peter Jones, in Resource Magazine’s “Hot 100”.

Resource describes itself as a magazine offing a new perspective on waste. Each year they compile a list of 100 “waste and recycling stars” (waste geeks), and this year’s list recognises the work of some familiar names, including:

  • Shlomo Dowen (UKWIN) – “The people’s champion for freedom of waste information”
    Michael Warhust (FoE) – “Exposer of myths”
    Dominic Hogg (Eunomia) – “For taking the fight for better environmental policy from the national level up to the EU”
    Ray Georgeson (Ray Georgeson Resources) – “For his inspirational thinking…”
    Julian Parfitt (Resource Futures) – “Excellent research on composting”
    Matthew Thomson (London CRN) – “His enthusiasm is infectious and he constantly – quite rightly – challenges the powers that be”
    Kate Chappell (Carpet Recycling UK) – “For single-handedly setting up and gaining funding for two carpet recycling facilities”

No more spoilers folks – If you want to see the full list you’ll have to ask for a copy of the November – December 2009 Issue Number 50 of Resource Magazine

And as if that were not enough, UKWIN also received recognition from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)!

Yes, you read that correctly, the CIWM describes itself as “the professional body which represents over 6,000 waste management professionals…”

Each year the CIWM holds an award ceremony. The Ben Heath Award for Outstanding Presentations “is intended to recognise the importance of preparing clear, informative and interesting presentations, not necessarily involving the preparation of a formal written paper.

This year’s runner-up for the Ben Heath Award for Outstanding Presentations went to UKWIN Coordinator Shlomo Dowen.

Download a version of Shlomo’s presentation [PDF]

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Invest in HOTI Bonds to help stop incineration in the UK

As a network we frequently benefit from the efforts of fellow campaigners. One such action currently taking place is being progressed by Hull and Holderness Opposing the Incinerator (HOTI). Continue reading »

The notion that 52% recycling by 2020 is less than ‘ambitious’ is familiar to waste campaigners. Now this has been confirmed in an article from the prestigious ENDS environmental news service.

Leading English councils hit 70% recycling rate

At least two English councils are achieving 70% recycling and composting during the summer months, making government targets to reach just 50% by 2020 look unambitious.

The two include South Oxfordshire and Rochford in Essex.

70% and above recycling and composting rates have been achieved in other parts of Europe for years – famously in the Flanders region of Belgium.

The government’s 2007 waste strategy requires English councils to recycle or compost 50% of their waste by 2020. But in 2007/08, 19 councils were already above that level (ENDS Report 406, pp 21-22 ).

Both Scotland and Wales have undertaken commitments to achieve 70% recycling targets.

According to ENDS:

South Oxfordshire, which achieved a 38% recycling rate in 2007/08, began a new waste collection contract in June. It is run by waste firm Verdant, a subsidiary of Greenstar.

The council already ran a co-mingled collection of dry recyclables alongside the paid-for garden waste collection. But in June, it added glass and Tetra Paks to its dry recyclables collection and started collecting food waste on a weekly basis from all households except flats. Since then, unaudited figures show it has achieved recycling and composting rates of 70.6% in June, 71.4% in July and 70.5% in August. The August rate breaks down as 36.0% dry recyclables, 21.6% garden waste and 12.9% food waste.

Rochford in Essex is reported to have broken the 70% recycling mark when it started a new collection contract in July 2008, that included free weekly collection of food and garden waste alongside accepting plastics and cardboard in its dry recyclables collection.

It Was Madness by Ro J – buy it on iTunes for only 79p from Monday 28th September 2009

An e-mail from artist/campaigner Ro J is circulating amongst anti-incineration campaigners, containing the following:

If there’s one thing we can do to save the Human Race/the Planet it’s to cut down carbon emissions. For this reason alone we must stop burning our rubbish in dressed up incinerators called “Energy from Waste” plants. (Another way to save mankind is to stop eating pigs, sheep and cattle but that’s a different story.) To bring the issue of incineration to a wider audience I’ve recorded an incineration protest song called “It Was Madness”.

Ro J adds:

If we all make the effort and buy my single at 79p off iTunes there is a chance that it will go in The Big Top 40 Show. To do this you need to have iTunes installed on your computer. http://www.apple.com/itunes/download. It’s free and I promise (if you’ve never had iTunes before) you’ll never look back. It’s absolutely brilliant for creating your own compilation CDs.

Continuing:

Please would you spread the word and tell your friends to buy “It Was Madness” by Ro J from Monday 28th September and then listen to the charts on local commercial radio (eg MFR/Clyde/Capital/etc) on 4th Oct to see if it’s gone in the charts because it would help everybody’s incinerator campaigns if it did.

Ro J has even put the music video on YouTube for us to take a peek. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG7fesiUtDo

Why six Britons went to eco war
When six activists, protesting against climate pollution, scaled a tower at a coal-fired power station in 2007 the resulting court case drew support from the world’s leading scientists. Their subsequent acquittal proved historic and changed government policy. Here, the ‘Kingsnorth Six’ tell their story [includes 20 minutes film] Continue reading »

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