March 26th, 2014

Defra’s ex WRATE-ed guide

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by Ann Ballinger

 

Incineration might be worse than landfill. Although not an unfamiliar conclusion for us at Eunomia – we suggested as much in a report written for Friends of the Earth eight years ago – it’s rather more surprising to hear Defra echoing it in a recent publication. Hitherto the department seems to have regarded the environmental benefits as incontrovertible.

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March 19th, 2014

Incineration: let’s get fiscal

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by Dominic Hogg

 

If you are serious about encouraging waste prevention, eco-design, re-use, remanufacture and high recycling rates, then it helps if you stop people throwing stuff away for peanuts. A high price on residual waste management is not a panacea; and it isn’t impossible to achieve good results in its absence. However, the decline in recycling rates in Germany as incinerator gate fees have bombed is testament to the fact that, whatever other regulations you have in place, at some point the economic imperative begins to bite: make chucking stuff away cheap, and it will kill off better alternatives.

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March 14th, 2014

Is bad data blocking waste infrastructure investment?

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by Adam Baddeley and Chris Cullen

 

We’ve been reading SITA’s recent report on waste arisings and infrastructure, which found that by 2025 the UK would have 5.7m tonnes more waste than treatment capacity. It’s a conclusion that we have issues with: we’re authors of Eunomia’s Residual Waste Infrastructure Review, which has consistently shown that the capacity of the incinerators, MBT plants and other residual treatment plant that we expect to be built in coming years risks exceeding the tonnage of waste which will need to be managed in future. But whilst it’s worth pausing to point out where we think SITA has erred, the report raises a more interesting issue: what is really holding up the infrastructure investment that SITA and others think is so urgently needed?

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January 21st, 2014

Preferential treatment: choosing between recycling and incineration

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by Ad Lansink

 

Which poses the greatest threat to our future: climate change resulting in global warming due to CO2 emissions; or a shortage of resources resulting in possible economic instability, as the demands of an ever-increasing global population outstrip diminishing primary supply?

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November 1st, 2013

Burning bridges: what does Covanta’s departure mean?

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by Peter Jones

 

The last act of Covanta’s ill-fated attempt to enter the UK energy from waste (EfW) market played out this month, as the company settled its case over the award of the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) waste disposal contract. Now it only remains for the company to find a buyer or a partner for its UK EfW business.

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