Speaking about the appointment of Rory Stewart MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary with responsibility for ‘resource and environmental management’ the National Coordinator of the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN), Shlomo Dowen, said:

Locking our valuable materials into incineration is a serious long-term risk to UK resource security. Government-subsidised and Government-sanctioned incineration overcapacity harms the markets for recycling and reduces the marginal benefits of waste minimisation and re-use schemes, causing significant environmental harm. As such, UKWIN calls on the new Resource minister to work with us and his colleagues in Government to develop an incineration exit strategy that will allow for a move to a zero waste circular economy.

Those concerned about waste incineration can make their thoughts and feelings known to the new Resource Minister by writing to him at: rory.stewart.mp@parliament.uk

UKWIN 2015 AGM: ‘Europe Without Incineration’

The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) held its eighth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 30th May 2015 at the Greenpeace Offices in London.

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Green Investment Bank Annual Review Protest (25 June 2015)

As part of our ongoing “Banking on Big Biomass” campaign, Biofuelwatch and the UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) will be paying a visit to the Green Investment Bank (GIB) at their Annual Review on Thursday the 25th of June from 9.30am – 12.30pm at Gibson Hall, London, EC2N 3BA.

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Wingland incinerator refused by planning committee

A 420,000 tpa gasification-type incinerator, promoted by Pacific Green Technologies (PGTK, who took over PREL) as ‘EnergyPark Sutton Bridge’, has been refused planning consent by South Holland District Council. Back in January 2014 the planning committee decided to grant planning consent, but this was successfully challenged by local campaigner Shirley Giles (who was represented by Deighton […]

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UKWIN’s 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

This year’s UKWIN AGM will be open to all UKWIN Members free of charge (donations always welcome), from 11am at the Greenpeace Office in London on Saturday 30th May 2015. Note: please bring your own lunch, or eat nearby, this time. I am very pleased to announce that our Guest Speaker will be Zero Waste […]

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Skill-sharing and Strategy Workshop, Birmingham, Saturday in July-October

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 […]

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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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