Below are a number of online incineration-related petitions that our members have made us aware of.  Continue reading »

CPI and CIWEM raises concerns regarding incineration harming recycling

The recently released Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) 2012-13 review raises concerns regarding the detrimental impact on recycling of incineration overcapacity and long-term waste contracts. Alongside this, CIWEM have raised concerns that existing economic drivers give rise to the incineration of material that could be dealt with in the top tiers of the waste management hierarchy.

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Acceptance Speech by Rossano Ercolini, 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner

Rossano Ercolini was awarded the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize for his leadership in a grassroots campaign educating Italian communities on the merits of zero waste.

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Paul Connett and Jane Green to speak in Bedford

Local campaigners opposing the ~600ktpa incinerator at Rookery Pit in Bedfordshire wish to make people aware of an opportunity to listen to Paul Connett and Jane Green speak about incineration and Zero Waste on the 3rd of June 2013:

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UKWIN AGM 2013

It is that time again. Time to make people aware of the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The theme for this year is “Mainstreaming the message: Publicising our perspective and celebrating our campaign victories”. Previous UKWIN themes include: “Zero waste to burn, zero time to waste” and “Campaigning positively against incineration”.

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New resources: Guide to Judicial Review in the Incinerator Context + Emissions Dispersion Modelling Appraisal

In addition to existing resources such as the Guide to Site-Specific Non-Waste Planning Policies (PDF) and the Quote Bank and other useful documents, the Resources section of the UKWIN website now feature two new items of potential interest for our members.

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GAIA Report on Zero Waste Conference at the European Parliament

According to a report from GAIA, “More than 300 people – including many members of the European Parliament; mayors and local decision-makers from across Europe; members of the European Parliament; Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for the Environment; and Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons – came together for the first Zero Waste Europe Conference in the European Parliament […]

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Standard Rate landfill down 64% from 2001 to 2012

Recently released HMRC Figures show that the amount of solid waste recorded as being taxed at the Standard Rate of Landfill Tax has fallen from 52.465 million tonnes in the 2001 calendar year to 18.987 million tonnes in 2012. Generally speaking, the Standard Rate of Landfill Tax covers non-inert (‘active’) solid waste (municipal, commercial and industrial).

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Defra drops funding for final three waste PFIs

The Environment Agency has now belatedly published their 2011/12 Report on the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS). This was shortly followed by the Government withdrawing funding from the three remaining PFI projects that have yet to reach financial close, on the grounds that they were not needed to meet EU landfill diversion targets.

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Avaaz petition calls for Commission to curb new incineration capacity

A new petition on Avaaz has been launched by GAIA. The petition states that: “As European citizens we ask the European Commission to limit the construction of new incinerators. Incineration competes with recycling, and evidence shows that many EU countries already have more incineration capacity than waste to burn. Instead we ask you to take measures to […]

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UK RDF exports more than tripled from 2011 to 2012

According to Environment Agency data published by letsrecycle.com, the quantity of RDF received from the UK increased from 272,000 tonnes in 2011 to 892,900 tonnes in 2012. This is roughly equivalent to a rise from 0.36 million to 1.2 million tonnes of waste,  as it takes around 1.33 tonnes of waste to produce 1 tonne of RDF due to water loss.

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