The Government’s consultation ‘Tackling the plastic problem: Using the tax system or charges to address single-use plastic waste’ closed yesterday. Commenting on the consultation the exchequer secretary Robert Jenrick has been quoted in The Times as stating that: “A number of submissions have advocated a tax on the incineration of waste. There is an argument for changing the incentives to discourage putting further waste to incineration. We would like to see less plastic incinerated, sent to landfill or exported and more recycled.”

Reacting to this, Shlomo Dowen, the National Coordinator of the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN), said: “It is a scandal that for so many years the public has effectively been subsiding the incineration of recyclable and avoidable plastics. The introduction of a tax on the incineration of plastic is long overdue. Such a tax would mean the price of incineration would more closely reflect the climate cost to society of burning these fossil fuels. UKWIN welcomes the news that the Government is considering such a tax which would send a clear signal that we should be shifting investment away from incineration towards reduction, reuse and recycling.”

UKWIN views an incineration tax as a sensible measure to encourage the investment in collection, sorting, education and processing needed to boost recycling, and to discourage the incineration of materials that would be recycled if the appropriate infrastructure were in place.

New study warns of gasification hazards

A new study, published in the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, raises serious concerns about the safety of treating mixed waste via gasification. The academic paper, written by gasification expert Dr. Andrew N. Rollinson, is entitled ‘Fire, explosion and chemical toxicity hazards of gasification energy from waste’. The article highlights the hazards […]

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SMK Campaigner award for UKWIN

  On Wednesday evening 21st March 2018 UKWIN received the David & Goliath Award from the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) as part of the 2018 National Campaigner Awards ceremony.

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UKWIN welcome London Assembly call for incineration curbs

As part of their investigation into Waste Management in London, the London Assembly’s Environment Committee has published a damning report into Energy from Waste which calls for strong action from the London Mayor to tackle the issue of recyclable and compostable material being sent for incineration. The report states that: “London must begin to limit […]

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Chief Defra scientist says incineration extinguishes innovation

Prof. Ian Boyd appeared before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRACOM) on the 31st of January 2018 to discuss his work as Defra Chief Scientific Adviser. Professor Boyd was one of the principal author’s of the recently-published ‘From Waste to Resource Productivity’ report which emphasised the importance of moving away from incineration and […]

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Incineration criticised at Westminster Forum circular economy event

Concerns about incineration were expressed by respected waste figures at a Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar on “Priorities for UK waste and recycling policy and developing the circular economy” that took place in London. Around two hundred delegates gathered on Thursday, 18th January 2018 to hear MPs and speakers from across the […]

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UKWIN calls on NIC to accept end of the line for incineration

In a heavy-hitting 15-page submission to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), UKWIN calls for the NIC’s investigation into infrastructure capacity requirements to accept that we have reached the end of the line when it comes to building new incineration capacity in the UK.

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UKWIN nominated for ‘Hot 100’ award

UKWIN’s National Coordinator Shlomo Dowen is one of several ‘anti-incineration’ and ‘pro Zero Waste’ nominees for Resource Magazine’s Hot 100 award. For details on the nominees and instructions for voting please visit http://hot100.resource.co/ or vote for Shlomo directly via http://hot100.resource.co/nominee/shlomo-dowen NOTE: You are entitled to vote for multiple nominees, you just need to vote for one at […]

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UKWIN to speak at London Assembly Incineration Meeting

On Thursday 7th December 2017 the London Assembly’s Environment Committee will be discussing issues relating to incineration as part of the Committee’s investigation into waste management in London. Shlomo Dowen, the National Coordinator of the UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN), will be one of the guest attending the meeting. UKWIN has provided written evidence to […]

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Ask your MP to support a ban on new incinerators!

There is now more committed incineration capacity than genuinely residual waste to burn, so it is vital that we stop building more incinerators in the UK. The emissions, the impact on climate change, the harm to recycling and the fact it simply isn’t needed all make incineration an expensive folly that we can ill afford. […]

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UKWIN comment on Eunomia’s incineration overcapacity warning

Eunomia’s Residual Waste Infrastructure Review (12th Issue) is now available via: http://www.eunomia.co.uk/reports-tools/residual-waste-infrastructure-review-12th-issue/ The matter is covered by the BBC in an article entitled: Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40831628 which reports that: Eunomia’s Dominic Hogg accused the government of withdrawing from waste and resources policy over the last seven years. This has led, he says, to […]

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