Some of the Lush funding, alongside some of UKWIN’s reserves, is ring-fenced to cover venue costs for a Skill-sharing and Strategy Workshop for the wider movement (including, but not limited to members of UKWIN, Biofuelwatch, Zero Waste England, etc.).

This Campaign Workshop could be held at the Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) building on a Saturday after the AGM, sometime between 4th July and 17th October 2015. No doubt this will be something discussed at the Open Meeting, alongside preparations for the AGM, etc.

The Workshop would cover topics such as: Positive alternatives to incineration (to follow on from Joan Marc’s AGM presentation); how to work with local communities and others to bring about lasting changes in opinions and behaviour in relation to resource use / waste management, and possibly also accessing and making effective use of environmental information and/or sharing campaigning experiences and strategies.

To help us decide on a date and focus for this Workshop, those of you who might consider attending are asked to complete the short survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NYRR282

Open UKWIN Meeting, Birmingham, Weekday in April-May

Existing UKWIN Directors (Trustees) think it would be good for UKWIN Members (including potential future UKWIN Trustees) to be invited to our next Meeting in Birmingham to increase the level of engagement with UKWIN members. Agenda items are expected to include discussions of the AGM programme and UKWIN workshop, UKWIN’s medium-term priorities, and opportunities for […]

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Celebrations after King’s Lynn incinerator victory

With their hard work, dedication, and willingness to share their knowledge and experiences with the wider anti-incineration movement, the local campaigners against the incinerator proposed for King’s Lynn have managed to mount a high-profile and successful campaign. UKWIN is delighted to report that campaigners in Norfolk and beyond are now celebrating the fact that waste giant Cory Wheelebrator […]

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DS Smith White Paper calls for incineration tax

Packaging company DS Smith’s White Paper ‘One Step Away from Zero Waste‘ includes a call for an incineration tax and a recognition of incineration as a barrier to the circular economy.

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UKWIN welcomes EFRACOM’s incinerator caution

Today the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRACOM) published their report into Waste Management in England. Shlomo Dowen, National Coordinator of the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN), commented: “I commend the report’s calls for maximising recycling, its recognition that put-or-pay clauses in incinerator contracts can undermine incentives to recycle, and the Committee’s recommendation […]

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Greater GIB Powers Should Come With Greener Responsibility

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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Landfill rates continue to fall

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 […]

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Circular Economy report calls for incineration tax consideration

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.

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IPPR briefing paper recommends reducing incineration

A 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 […]

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New Barnfield refusal: Another victory for common sense!

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 […]

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EC proposes 70% recycling target

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.

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