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 not only the amount but also the type of waste it sends to Energy from Waste (EfW)…EfW burns recyclable materials that could be used within the circular economy. Burning recyclable materials perpetuates our linear economy model of take-make-dispose and further depletes our natural resources”. The report adds that, to improve London’s air quality, it is “essential that London burns less organic and plastic waste”.

The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) provided evidence to the inquiry and are quoted in its report. Commenting on the Committee’s findings the UKWIN National Coordinator Shlomo Dowen, stated that: “We hope London’s Mayor follows the Assembly’s advice and does everything he can to prevent more incinerators being built in London. The Mayor should also work harder to ensure London’s existing incinerators are not burning such high volumes of recyclable and compostable material. London has an exciting opportunity to be a truly Zero Waste city, and the first step is to realise that incinerators are a relic of the outdated linear system that should be consigned to the dustbin of history”.

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European Parliament’s report calls for halt on harmful subsidies to waste incineration

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