Ed Miliband has called for the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to have “real powers to borrow and attract investment”.  The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) and Biofuelwatch have responded by saying that any increase in funding or powers for the GIB should be linked to a responsibility to be greener in their investments.

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Even with economic growth there has been another big fall in standard rate landfilling in the UK. Landfill tax data was published on 27th August for period up to June 2014. In the 12 months to 30th June just 16.6m tonnes of non-inert waste was landfilled compared to 18.6m for the year before. By 2020 non-inert landfilling may be down to around 6-8m tonnes a year. Data available from: https://www.uktradeinfo.com/Statistics/Pages/TaxAndDutybulletins.aspx Continue reading »

The recently published report ‘Ever-Decreasing Circles: Closing in on the Circular Economy‘, produced collaboratively by RWM Ambassadors, has called for a review of the potential for an incineration tax amongst other measures. Continue reading »

the-wasteline-waste+resource-management_Jul2014-coverA briefing paper produced by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has raised a number of concerns relating to incineration and recommended that “the Treasury should launch a consultation on how incineration can be reduced most effectively”, advising that: “The terms of reference should include an examination of the costs and benefits of introducing fiscal incentives to reduce incineration, introducing regulations to ban the incineration of specific materials, and doing nothing”. Continue reading »

Local campaigners celebrating the New Barnfield victory.

Mick Bee and other local campaigners celebrating the New Barnfield victory.

The Secretary of State has agreed with the Planning Inspector to refuse planning consent for the 380ktpa incinerator proposed by Veolia for Hertfordshire. Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said: “Development within the green belt will not be allowed unless there are very special circumstances, and in this case, the benefits of the development did not outweigh the potential harm to the green belt”. Continue reading »

The European Commission has adopted proposals including a target of 70% recycling of municipal waste by 2030. These legislative proposals will now pass to the European Council and the European Parliament. Continue reading »

Join Biofuelwatch, UKWIN and local campaigners for protests at the Green Investment Bank’s two Annual Review events in London on 25th and Edinburgh on 26th June. Continue reading »

The sixth issue of Eunomia’s Residual Waste Infrastructure Review is out, and it shows that there has been further increases in incineration capacity at a time when residual waste arisings have been falling. If one combines Eunomia’s forecasts with the 2015 and 2020 trends for English waste arisings set out in the Government’s February 2013 paper Forecasting 2020 waste arisings and treatment capacity then there is an estimation that there will be more residual waste treatment capacity than residual waste arisings from around 2015/16 (see chart, below). If one were to look at whether there was more capacity operational and under construction than genuinely residual waste then we already have overcapacity.
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Big drop in landfilling

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Jun 032014

Landfill Tax data released by HMRC shows that landfilling of household, industrial and commercial waste in the UK continues to fall. Continue reading »

Many ask EFRACOM for more recycling, less incineration

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May 202014

UKWIN has provided written evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s inquiry into Waste Management in England. Continue reading »

On the 26th of February 2014 the Government published a revised version of ‘Energy from Waste – a guide to the debate’, a document which is intended “to provide a starting point for discussions about the role energy from waste might have in managing waste”.

The Government’s EfW Guide is available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/energy-from-waste-a-guide-to-the-debate

Importantly, the Government has added Chapter 5 “which considers the future policy direction for energy from waste”. According to the Guide, “This chapter does not set out any new policy but identifies underlying principles that are likely to continue as key considerations for both government and the sector in the future”. Continue reading »

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