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Early Day Motion on zero waste strategies, recycling and incineration

Early Day Motion 383 of the 2012-13 session on Zero Waste Strategies, Recycling and Incineration has so far been signed by sixteen twenty eight MPs across five political parties. The Motion highlights the issue of incineration overcapacity and how this could hamper recycling efforts. The Motion also notes the recent EU resolution calling for the incineration of recyclable and compostable material to be phased out by the end of the decade.

The Motion was tabled on the 11th of July 2012 by Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood and co-sponsored by Tom Clarke, Stephen Gilbert, Daniel Kawczynski, Caroline Lucas and Graham Stuart.

The Motion reads as follows:

That this House notes the European Parliament’s adoption by a large majority, on 24 May 2012, of a resolution on a Resource Efficient Europe, which commits to working towards a zero waste strategy and the Parliament’s call on the Commission to bring forward legislative proposals, by the end of 2014, to ban both landfill and the incineration of recyclable and compostable waste in Europe, by 2020; further notes growing evidence of incinerator overcapacity in the UK by 2015, which seriously risks harming recycling performance, as has already happened in some European countries; further notes UK figures showing a steady and significant decline in residual waste since the middle of the last decade – even allowing for the economic recession – and rising recycling rates; acknowledges the impact that these developments will have on the economic case for, and environmental sustainability of, mass-burn incinerators in the UK within a decade; and calls on the Secretaries of State for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, and Communities and Local Government, and the Financial Secretary to the Treasury to work together to examine how government policy can positively facilitate the pursuit of zero waste strategies, and to report to Parliament on their findings as a matter of urgency, as many local communities across the country are currently opposing their local waste authorities’ costly, environmentally damaging and unsustainable plans to build mass-burn incineration plants.

The EDM was signed by the following MPs:


Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Horwood, Martin Liberal Democrats Cheltenham 11.07.2012
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 11.07.2012
Clarke, Tom Labour Party Coatbridge Chryston and Bellshill 11.07.2012
Kawczynski, Daniel Conservative Party Shrewsbury and Atcham 11.07.2012
Stuart, Graham Conservative Party Beverley and Holderness 11.07.2012
Gilbert, Stephen Liberal Democrats St Austell and Newquay 11.07.2012
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 12.07.2012
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 13.07.2012
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 16.07.2012
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 16.07.2012
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 16.07.2012
Goldsmith, Zac Conservative Party Richmond Park 16.07.2012
Hughes, Simon Liberal Democrats Bermondsey and Old Southwark 17.07.2012
Clark, Katy Labour Party North Ayrshire and Arran 17.07.2012
Williams, Stephen Liberal Democrats Bristol West 17.07.2012
Crockart, Mike Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West 17.07.2012
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Kilburn 03.09.2012
Campbell, Menzies Liberal Democrats North East Fife 03.09.2012
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 03.09.2012
Watts, Dave Labour Party St Helens North 03.09.2012
Bayley, Hugh Labour Party York Central 04.09.2012
Hemming, John Liberal Democrats Birmingham Yardley 13.09.2012
Love, Andrew Labour Party Edmonton 16.10.2012
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 17.10.2012
Morden, Jessica Labour Party Newport East 25.10.2012
Bellingham, Henry Conservative Party North West Norfolk 13.12.2012
Teather, Sarah Liberal Democrats Brent Central 07.01.2013
Wright, Simon Liberal Democrats Norwich South 09.01.2013

If your MP is one of the signatories then please write to them to thank them for their support. Otherwise, please write to your MP to ask them to join the others and sign Early day Motion 383.

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