UKWIN Calls On New Resource Minister To Stop Incineration

United-Kingdom-Without-Incineration-NetworkThe United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) has called on new Defra Minister for resources, Rory Stewart, to develop an “incineration exit strategy”. 

Defra outlined the role of Rory Stewart MP last week, confirming that the Minister would be responsible for resource and environmental management, replacing Lib Dem Dan Rogerson after a Conservative win in the 2015 General Election.

In response to the appointment, the National Coordinator of the UKWIN, Shlomo Dowen, said: “Locking our valuable materials into incineration is a serious long-term risk to UK resource security.

“Government-subsidised and Government-sanctioned incineration overcapacity harms the markets for recycling and reduces the marginal benefits of waste minimisation and re-use schemes, causing significant environmental harm”

“Government-subsidised and Government-sanctioned incineration overcapacity harms the markets for recycling and reduces the marginal benefits of waste minimisation and re-use schemes, causing significant environmental harm.

“As such, UKWIN calls on the new Resource minister to work with us and his colleagues in Government to develop an incineration exit strategy that will allow for a move to a zero waste circular economy.” 

The resources and waste management industry has also set out what it believes should be the priorities of the Conservative Government during its term.

Among them, Resources & Waste UK last week published its manifesto, urging government to focus on six key areas of the industry:

  • Supporting and improving waste collection and recycling performance
  • Improving the climate for investment in circular economy infrastructure to deliver sustainable growth and jobs
  • Boosting domestic UK demand and markets for recycled materials
  • Creating the right regulatory balance between hitting waste criminals hard and encouraging legitimate businesses in the industry
  • Delivering coherent resources and waste policy across Governmental departments and between the four UK Governments
  • Engaging positively in policy development for resources and wastes at a European level

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