Waste incineration

Background

Aka waste-to-energy / energy-from-waste and including Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) and Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF). Waste incineration has become a preferred means of dealing with waste, including plastic. It is polluting, carbon intensive, relatively expensive, and is a barrier to a circular economy.

A company called Rolton Kilbride has been granted planning approval to build an incinerator at South Marston despite a well-supported local campaign, Stop Keypoint Incinerator Project (SKIP). Swindon also has an SRF plant at Cheney Manor. The toxic 'fuel' created there is transported to Eastern Europe to be burnt in cement kilns. This is an indirect way of burning waste, including plastics.

We support UKWIN's campaigns to introduce an incineration tax and for a moratorium on new incineration facilities. We hope that waste incineration will be phased out as we work to develop healthy systems of zero waste.

Read our article on waste incineration and see the 'incineration' section of the library for further details.

Take action

  • Take UKWIN's simple action to call for a moratorium on new waste incineration capacity.
  • Sign and share this petition to remove the incentive for waste incineration through taxing incineration.
  • Take our simple action to write to local representatives (MPs, councillors, parish councilors) to ask that they oppose the construction and use of waste incinerators.
  • Support the Westbury Gasificaton Action Group (WGAG) by sharing info and getting involved in actions.
  • Correspondence with MPs

  • Emails between Justin Tomlinson MP and Robert Ayres, chair of SKIP (Stop Keypoint Incinerator Project)
  • Emails between Justin Tomlinson MP and Hollie Snyder, co-ordinator of Refill Swindon
  • Emails between Robert Buckland MP and Ben Bell, co-ordinator of Plastic Free Swindon.