This article caught our eye about the practice of burning trash in Great Britain from the Duetsche Welle.
Highlights from the article include:
The Eunomia report concludes that if all of the planned incinerators were built, the UK will only reach a 57 percent recycling rate by 2030. That is far below the 70 percent target about to be adopted under European Union law – a target the UK government has signaled it will keep, even after Brexit.
But with the rise of renewables, such energy is looking less attractive. Building out incinerator capacity is making recycling goals hard to meet – and could lead to the absurd situation of having to import waste to feed to industrial burners.
According to a new report from the environmental consultancy Eunomia, all of this incinerator-building will make it impossible for the UK to meet its planned recycling targets. That’s because incineration capacity offers a perverse incentive to stop recycling.
According to the report, the UK is going to end up with more capacity than it has rubbish to burn by 2021, because there will be ever less black bag rubbish as recycling rates improve. That gap will reach 3.4 million tons by 2030. Continue reading