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Increased carbon emissions from waste disposal

November 26, 2020 10:25 PM
Originally published by South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats
EmissionsWith the upcoming decision about the Westbury incinerator by Wiltshire council in the near future, this article highlighting the increase in Carbon emissions from waste disposal because of the expansion of energy-from-waste incineration plants is highly relevant.
A coalition of campaigners has warned that by by 2030 the government's push to increase incineration of waste will increase CO2 emissions by 10m tonnes a year, mostly from the burning of plastics, the groups said. They argue that the growth in energy-from-waste incineration means the UK will not be able to meet its commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The coalition, which includes Extinction Rebellion's zero waste group, Friends of the Earth, the UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN), Greenpeace and the MP John Cruddas, says the expansion of waste incineration is forcing up carbon emissions.
In an open letter to the prime minister they are calling for a law requiring the waste sector to decarbonise by 2035, similar to legislation passed in the Scandinavian countries and Finland.