Moratorium on waste-to-energy incinerators

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Moratorium on waste-to-energy incinerators

Post by geemong » Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:39 am

Moratorium on waste-to-energy incinerators


The Scottish government has announced what is effectively a ban on the building of new waste incinerators.

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It means councils will be told not to grant planning permission to further incineration sites.

Six sites currently operate in Scotland. Plans for 11 more have already been approved, and their construction can go ahead.

It follows a rapid growth in applications because of a ban coming in 2025 on sending rubbish to landfill.

The Scottish government's circular economy minister said the move was part of ensuring future waste infrastructure aligned with climate targets.

Lorna Slater told MSPs that reducing waste and recycling were key to tackling the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity.

She said the moratorium was an action taken to encourage a circular economy, in which materials were kept in use as long as possible and precious natural resources were not wasted.

The minister added: "We need to make sure we manage unavoidable and unrecyclable waste in the short term.

"By putting in place sensible measures to limit and gradually reduce Scotland's incineration capacity, we can make sure we can manage our waste today, while ensuring our future waste infrastructure aligns with our climate targets."

The ban will prohibit new sites on the same basis as that of new nuclear power and fracking sites, by telling local authorities not to grant planning permission.

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