Speaking of the prospects of an incineration tax, Eunomia Director Mike Brown has made the case that an incineration tax could be the way that the Government responds to falling landfill tax returns, stating that “for a government approaching the event horizon of a financial black hole its attraction could be irresistible”, with the environmental justification being to promote recycling and reflect the negative GHG impacts of incineration (Source). The whole article is well worth reading. Continue reading »

European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik has stated in a recent speech to a major plastics industry summit that energy recovery is a barrier to the availability of plastics for recycling and that we should be focussing on recycling plastics rather than using them for energy recovery: Continue reading »

According to a Confederation of Paper Industries Press Release (18 September 2012) the UK paper industry is of the view that: “Subsidies for Energy from Waste and large scale energy only biomass should be phased out as they put at risk supplies of the Paper Industry’s basic raw materials – recycled fibres and wood pulp. Continue reading »

The answer to a ministerial question has revealed that the Government has not been keeping a close eye on incineration capacity, despite a European Commission spokesman making it clear in March 2012 that “the UK should look to reuse and recycling and not to over-capacity of incineration” (source). Continue reading »

The HMRC landfill tax data is out for the first half of 2012. The data shows that non-inert landfilling from Jan-June was 9.1m tonnes which is 19% down on the same period the year before. We are getting close to meeting the 2020 landfill targets some 5-7 years early! Continue reading »

Victory in Newport as the planning committee voted 8-1 to refuse Veolia’s application for a ~256ktpa incinerator at Bowlease Common, Llanwern. Congratulations to local campaigners for all the work that they have put in to opposing this development. Continue reading »

C Spencer Ltd obtained planning permission for a 225ktpa gasification plant in Hull back in October 2011 and was due to begin construction early this year, but the plans are said to be currently on hold. Continue reading »

The Secretary of State has refused planning permission for Covanta’s 370,000 tpa incinerator in Cheshire. Continue reading »

The Secretary of State has unfortunately allowed the appeal by troubled waste firm Biffa in relation to the 300,000 tonne incinerator at Newhurst Quarry, Shepshed in Leicestershire. Continue reading »

Below are some European-level documents relating to waste and incineration that are worth a read to get a general overview of the situation: Continue reading »

The European Parliament have backed the European Commission’s Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, and have endorsed a resolution that calls for an end to the incineration of recyclable and compostable material by the end of the decade and revised 2020 recycling targets. Continue reading »

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