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A campaign for sustainable methods of waste management


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Newton Mearns incinerator company up in smoke, 29th May 2015
Forth (Levenseat) - 'Green' bank backs plans for waste recycling plant, 23 March 2015


Waste incineration* is fundamentally unsustainable, recovering only a tenth of the energy used to make the products in our rubbish. Burning one tonne of waste represents the emission of up to 6 tonnes of CO2, consisting of 3 tonnes of 'legacy' co2 (generated by the manufacture of the items in our rubbish) and up to a further 3 tonnes from the combustion process itself (1.5 tonnes of co2 per tonne of wood/paper burnt, 3 tonnes of co2 per tonne of plastic).

Recycling recovers 3-8 times more energy than incineration (3x more for paper, 5x more plastic and 8 times more for textiles) and produces proportionately less co2 as a result. Over the past 10 years the Scottish Government has spent over £50 million on incineration in Scotland (either directly or via local authorities), but less than £2 million on improving Scotland's recycling infrastructure, i.e. facilities for reprocessing materials such as plastic and paper for manufacture into new items. This is incredibly wasteful. Friends of the Earth have calculated that recycing generates 36 times more jobs than incineration on a pound-for-pound basis). Despite this, all four of the main political parties in Scotland support waste incineration. *Under European law incineration includes gasification and pyrolysis

If we really want to save the global environment, we really have to stop producing so much waste in the first place. That means doing things like banning single-use carrier bags, and forcing manufacturers to redesign their products so they can be easily reused and recycled with minimal energy consumption or CO2 emissions. These are things that only the Government can do, but the Government is doing very little about it. 

Campaign background

Green Alternatives to Incineration in Scotland (GAINS) emerged from a gathering of Scottish incinerator protest groups at the Scottish Parliament on 1 October 2009 - scroll down to see some photos of the event.

Our purpose is to enable fellow campaigners to share information and inspire the 'Powers that Be' to turn away from the lazy approach of burning waste, and instead adopt forward-thinking and imaginative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. 

Zero Waste

We reject the Scottish Government's view that waste incineration is a renewable source of energy,  compatible with the aim of achieving a zero waste society. Instead we support the definition of zero waste adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance on November 29, 2004 (click here to find out more):

This picture displays the text of the definition of Zero Waste adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance on 29 November 2004. Click on the picture to visit their website.

Photos from Scottish No-Burn Action Day, 1 Oct 2009











Newton Mearns incinerator company up in smoke, 29th May 2015

Scotstoun and Whiteinch - Proposal for 4 waste gasifiers and request for technical advice, 2nd April 2015

Forth (Levenseat) - 'Green' bank backs plans for waste recycling plant, 23 March 2015

Long-term joint waste deal sought for Dundee and Angus, 17 December 2014

DERL Baldovie incinerator doubt after £5m loss and Dundee Council’s waste-disposal rethink, 4 June 2014

Fire damage forces DERL to shed 20 incinerator jobs, 29 August 2012 

Dundee City Council rejects biomass proposal, 25 June 2013

North Lanarkshire Council fails in Shore Energy waste plant ruling, 20 June 2013

Edinburgh Council seeks bids for Millerhill incinerator by July, 19 June 2013

Environment Secretary continues to deny Government support for incineration, 29 May 2013

Government shows double standards over Perth incinerator - GAINS letter published in Courier & Advertiser, Tue 7 May 2013

The Courier Debates: Dundee biomass, 1 May 2013 

Dundee City Council given extra time to respond to biomass plan, 26 April 2013

Dismissive reply from Scottish Government, 25 April 2013

£50m pyrolysis facility plan for Hamilton, 25 April 2013

Hamilton - Incinerator proposal submitted, 23 April 2013

Prospect of warm relationship for proposed Dundee biomass plant, 20 April 2013 

Shetland - Recycling forces isles to import more waste, 6 Apr 2013

Controversial Dundee harbour biomass plans resurrected, 4 April 2013 

Newton Mearns, Lifetime Recycling Village not gone but is not forgotten, 31 March 2013

Dumfries - Scotgen given June deadline to end commissioning and generate power, 14 March 2013

Letter to John Swinney, 5 March 2013, questioning Government support for incineration

Environmental campaigner not backing large biomass plant plans for Dundee port, 28 February 2013

Message from Maggie - invitation to Carnbroe incinerator court case, 26-28 February

Biomass subsidies to balance business and conservation, 8 February 2013 

Press Release: Scotland throws cash at incinerators, but spends pittance on recycling, 4 Feb 2013

Glasgow City Council approves £154m waste plant, 29 January 2013

Dumfries - Pioneering waste plant faces legal action after pollution leaks and an explosion, Sunday 20 January 2013

Stonehouse - UPDATE on Dovesdale Action Campaign, 19 January 2013

Biomass leads to a mass of protests by campaigners, 16 January 2013 

Invergordon residents invited to public meeting over incinerator, 04/01/2013

Highland to appeal Invergordon incinerator decision, 15 Dec 2012

Perth - Scottish Ministers to make final decision after Grundon appeals against refusal of planning permission, 7 December 2012

Join UK Without Incineration Network, 28 November 2012

Residents of Polmadie ask you to sign their petition against proposals to build a waste incinerator, 8 November 2012

Perth community council vows fight against incinerator to continue, 19 October 2012

Monklands-Carnbroe update from Maggie 16 October 2012

Greengairs/Drumshangie Covanta looks to Scottish fund for CHP plant, 12 October 2012

Carnbroe residents delighted council is to appeal Shore Energy proposals, 8 Oct 2012

Rubbish from Scotland's Central Belt is likely to heading Dunbar's way, 5 Oct 2012

Dunbar - East Lothian to be Scotland’s waste bin, 4 Oct 2012

Dunbar - Incinerator rule change is turning us into wasteland, 3 Oct 2012

Dunbar incinerator to be built in 2013, 3 Oct 2012

MESSAGE FROM MAGGIE - Monklands residents call for help, 30 Sep 2012

Waste plant protesters say 'our fight will continue', 20 Sept 2012 

Dovesdale waste incinerator application withdrawn by Scotgen, 18 Sep '12 

Heating expert expresses concern over Markinch incinerator, 18 Sep 2012

Plans for ‘pyrolysis’ waste plant in Lanarkshire survive legal challenge, 18 Sep '12

Scottish Government approves subsidies for incineration, 13 September '12

Glasgow-Polmadie - Public meeting called for Monday 3 September to decide action on plans to build toxic incinerator

A call to action against big biomass in Cumbria, and an event invitation for Scottish Activists for your diary, 13 August 2012

Dumfries - Cancer fears threaten incinerator plan, 22 July 2012

Dumfries gasification re-starts after breaching emission limits, 6 July 2012

Petition to Scottish Parliament calling for recycling facilities in schools, 2 July 2012

Dumfries incinerator emits two and a half times the legal limit of dioxins, June 2012

Zero Waste Scotland launches £900,000 fund as part of a recycling rewards trial, 11 June 2012

Consultation on Recycling, Biogas & Gasification & Plant in Glasgow, 7 June 2012

Dumfries contractor in administration, 25 May 2012

Widespread anger as Grundon Waste Management turns up the heat on council, Friday 11 May 2012

MSPs join biomass subsidies protest, 18 April 2012UKPA

Invergordon -l Fayed slams council incinerator move, 19 Apr 2012

Council confirms opposition to £43million Invergordon plant

Newton Mearns - Briefing Note 23, 16 April 2012

GAINS Response to Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (draft) laid before Parliament on 15 March 2012

Waste Regulations laid before Scottish Parliament, 23 March 2012

Newton Mearns Briefing Notes no.19 - 14th. March 2012

Stirling - Throsk incinerator refused planning permission, 6 March 2012

Aberdeen Council wants new incinerator as part of new waste management system, 15 Feb 2012

Dunbar - Waste 'import' consultation on 22 & 23 February

Perth and Kinross Council publishes reasons for rejecting Grundon incinerator, 13 Feb 2012

Forth Energy pulls Leith biomass application, 9 February 2012 (external link, opens in new window)

Newton Mearns Campaign update, 9th. Feb 2012

Stirling - Provost waste plant bid gets fair hearing, 10 Feb 2012

Dunbar - Viridor bids to get Glasgow’s waste, 5 Feb 2012

UK wastes billions as scrap is sent abroad, 4 Feb 2012

Stirling --Throsk waste plant plan gets fresh airing, 3 Feb 2012

Revised Perth incinerator plan rejected, 3 Feb 2012

Scottish landfill operator unveils cutting edge MRF/RDF facility, 2 Feb 2012

Newton Mearns, Briefing Notes no.16 - 31st. Jan 2012

Perth - Community council speaks out over Grundon proposals, 31 Jan 2012

Perth - Dewar's Rink is venue for Grundon application hearing on Friday 3 February, 10am

Court of Session uphold South Lanarkshire Council's decision to pass waste incinerator at Dovesdale Farm, 25 Jan 2012

Newton Mearns Briefing Notes no.14 - 21st. Jan 2012

Monklands - Report from Maggie on incinerator court case, 20 January 2012

Dunbar - Viridor seeking to 'import' waste, 19 Jan 2012

First day of appeal against Monklands incinerator proposal, 19 January 2012

Monklands - Elaine Smith MSP supports local campaigners against plans for a pyrolysis plant in Monklands, 18 January 2012

GAINS response to consultation on ROC subsidies for energy generated by waste incineration, 13 January 2012

Newton Mearns incinerator goes back to stage one, 13 Jan 2012

Carnbroe-Monklands - Bus to Court of Session in Edinburgh for Monklands incinerator case on 19/20 Jan

Perth incinerator - Likely date for planning decision is 3rd February 2012

Three waste incinerators and a 'refuse derived fuel' plant planned for west of Scotland, 11 Jan 2012

Maggie asks residents of Monklands to attend court case on 19th and 20th January 2012

Clydeport owners unveil £180m plan to turn rubbish into power and hot water for Glasgow, 11 January 2012

Newton Mearns Briefing Note 12, 29th. December 2011

Concern over revised application for an incinerator in Perth, letter published in Perthshire Advertiser on 23 Dec 2011

NEWTON MEARNS - URGENT - Everyone who is opposed to the incinerator - SEND YOUR OBJECTION TO THE COUNCIL'S 'MAIN ISSUES REPORT', 16 December 2011

Full Council must rule on Binn Farm's gasifier plan, letter published in Perthshire Advertiser on 9 December 2011

Polmadie incinerator decision tomorrow, 7 Dec 2011

Perth Council ignores SITA's misleading statement to Development Control Committee, 4 December 2011

Scotland’s recycling hits 44%, 30 November 2011

Binn Farm, Perth - SITA UK responds to claims it misled Perth & Kinross Council over gasifier, 30 Nov 2011

Viridor in line for £250 million Glasgow contract, 30 November 2011

Polmadie, Glasgow - £150m trash plan for city, 29 Nov 2011

Glasgow, Polmadie - Anger at £150m power plant plan, 30 Nov 2011

How green is your council? League table of rubbish recycling revealed, 30 November 2011 

Scottish Government Consultation on Waste Prevention Programme, December 2011

Edinburgh terminates waste procurement to save jobs, 28 Nov 2011

Binn Farm, Perth - Claims council were misled over plans for incinerator, 26 Nov 2011

GAINS PRESS RELEASE Development Control Committee misled over incinerator application, Friday 11 November 2011

Newton Mearns - Lifetime Recycling Village - LRV 10 Briefing note 8th Nov 2011

PRESS RELEASE 5 Nov 2011- Scottish Government spent just £1.26m on improving recycling infrastructure since 2007

Scottish Government spent just £1.26m on improving recycling infrastructure since 2007, 1 Nov 2011

Alert your MSP to biomass dangers, 4 Nov 2011

Irresponsible view? Dovesdale court case begins, 27 Oct 2011

Monklands court case set for January, 27 Oct 2011

Scottish Government asks for comments on proposal to maintain high subsidies for waste gasification and pyrolysis, October 2011

Binn Farm - Gasification fears contemptuously dismissed, 24 October 2011

Abernethy resident blasts Perth and Kinross Council over incinerator decision, Fri 21 October 2011

ROCs review plans could see EfW subsidy halved, 20 Oct 2011

Binn Farm 'cleaner' plant backed by councillors, 20 October 2011

Binn Farm - Complaint to Perth and Kinross Council re behaviour of Development Control Committee, 20 October 2011

Binn Farm gasifier approved, Wed 19 Oct 2011

Perth planners recommend approval of gasification incinerator at Binn Farm, 19 October 2011

Staggering cost of running Dundee's incinerator, 17 Oct 2011

Scottish Government announces new Zero Waste Regulations, 14 Oct 2011

Environmental watchdog objects to controversial Perth incinerator, STV report, 12 Oct 2011

Perth - Incinerator firm ask SEPA for more time, Oct 10 2011

Binn Farm - Council will consider incinerator on 19 October

SEPA raises concerns over Grundon application, 5 Oct 2011

MSPs speak out over incineration issue, 5 Oct 2011

Council to consider Binn Farm gasification incinerator on 19 October 2011

Remade in Edinburgh invites you to their party tomorrow, Friday 30 Sept, 10am-1pm

Incineration documentary makers seek views of GAINS supporters on trailer, 28 Sept 2011

GAINS submits Freedom of Information inquiry to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Thursday 29 Sept 2011

Take part right now - Call 4 action to stop Forth Energy's unsustainable giant biomass plants, 27 September

“Moving Planet”: Edinburgh march, cycle and rally on 350 Global Day of Climate Action, 24 Sept 2011

Plasma firm supplying technology for Grundon's Perth project secures further funding, 19 Sept 2011

WWF Scotland expresses concern over increase in incineration, 18 Sept.

LibDem MSP attacks SNP over Dovesdale incinerator, 15 Sept 2011

Scottish Parliament debates incineration, 15 Sept 2011

Greens call for moratorium on waste incinerators, 15 Sept 2011

Scottish Parliament to debate incineration on Thursday 15 September

Nappy days! Britain's mountain of disposables recycled into roof tiles in CO2-saving measure, 13 Sept 2011

Nappy recycler opens UK plant, plans more in Scotland and London 13 Sept 2011

Row as South Lanarkshire Council’s award £459m waste contract, Sep 8 2011

Newton Mearns - 2000 join in march against million-tonne waste plant, 5 September 2011

Lanarkshire protestors ask you to write to your MSP to support motion, 5 September

Newton Mearns - Protest march and rally organised for Sunday 4th September, 2pm at Mearns Primary School

Protest over proposed Loganswell waste energy plant, 4 September

Incinerator campaigners call for council action, Sep 2 2011

Newton Mearns - LRV newsletter, 29th August 2011

Greengairs group speak out over incinerator “inconsistency”, 31 Aug 2011

Sign the new Incineration Tax Petition, 17 August 2011

Perth & Kinross - 24 Aug is deadline for waste survey

Forth Energy campaigners to protest in September

Environmentalist calls for help to make Perth 'Transition Town', 9 August 2011

Coatbridge - Local CEO condemns Carnbroe incinerator plans, 9 August 2011

Sepa: the sleeping watchdog, Sunday Herald, 24 July 2011

Perth incinerator campaign is online hit, 19 July 2011

Perth councillor Peter Barrett ups the ante in opposition to waste incinerator, 9 July 2011 - external link

Friends of the Earth ask you to email your MP to stop the incinerator threat, 8 July 2011

Call from Coatbridge - email Minister now, 8 July 2011

Coatbridge residents challenge minister, 7 July 2011

Fresh doubts over Leith Biomass plant, 1 July 2011 - external link

Scottish Parliament rejects core of petition demand, 28 June 2011 

Perth protestors warn of "incinerator fatigue", 25 June 2011

Anti-incinerator petition, Jun 24 2011 - external link

Dundee student fined over biomass protest — then graduates 24 hours later, 24 June - external link

Campaigners claim new incinerator plan poses greater risk to public, Courier and Advertiser, 24 June 2011

Perth - Anti-incinerator petition, 24 June 2011 - external link

Perth could be new Bhopal - stack claim - 24 June 2011

Binn Farm - SEPA announces 28-day consultation period for draft permit, 24 June 2011

Perth - Scaled-down plans for incinerator put to council by Grundon Waste Management, 23 June 2011 - external link

Protestors stage massive demo at Shawhead, 22 June - external link

Power plant protesters fined after bringing docks to a standstill, 22 June 2011 - external link

Carcinogenic Dioxins and Biomass Wood Combustion - letter to Guardian, 21 June 2011

Biomass jobs cost £1-2 million each, 21 June 2011

Dundee biomass plant plans put on hold while parties agree air quality monitoring programme, 20 June 2011 - external link

Coatbridge protestors demand response from Ministers, 19 June

Waste plant challenge to Government, 18 Jun 2011 - external link

Hundreds protest in Coatbridge, 18 June

Row over Dovesdale plant rumbles on, Jun 16 2011 - external link

Petition to be heard on 28 June 2011

Forth Energy biomass proposals, update 13 June 2011

Monklands - Campaigners call on locals to boycott Simon Howie products, 13 June 2011 - external link


Row over SNP Minister's stance on Dovesdale decision, Jun 9 2011 - external link

Monklands - meeting today (5pm), PLUS NOTICE OF BIG DEMO ON 18 June

Perth - Parents urged to make their voices heard on the incinerator issue - Letter published in Perthshire Advertiser, 7 June

Peterhead - £60million plant unveiled, June 4 2011

MRAPP calls on Monklands residents to attend meeting on 7 June 2011

Elaine Smith hits back at Howie's accusation of scaremongering, 3 June 2011

Pyrolosis plant boss claims MSP is a scaremongerer, 3 June 2011 - external link

MSP questions Scottish Government minister over Carnbroe pyrolosis plant, 2 June 2011

MSP calls for biomass plant air quality answers, 31 May 2011 - external link

Burning Question: Why is PKC incinerating more of our household waste? 31 May 2011

Rallying call to opponents of plans for incinerator, 28 May 2011

GAINS asks local MSPs for their views on Binn Farm and Shore Road incinerator proposals, 27 May 2011

Wishart warns against incinerator pay-out, 27 May 2011 - external link

Council must 'bite the bullet' on incinerator, Tue 24 May 2011

Potential 'lethal' risk for Perth, Dundee Courier, 21 May 2011

'Together we will see off latest plan', 20 May 2011

Perth incinerator 2 fears, May 20 2011- external link

Carnbroe pyrolysis plant given the go-ahead, May 19 2011 - external link

MP says Grundon's perseverance is like a 'noose round the necks' of Perth folk, 19 May 2011 - external link

Grundon Waste Management lodge modified proposals for incinerator at Perth, 18 May 2011, external link

Environmental and human rights activists block off port to stop Forth Energy’s "mad“ biomass plans, 17 May 2011

Arrests after protesters bring Grangemouth docks to standstill over power station plans, 16 May 2011

Watch this 2 minute FOE film, then write to your MP, 16 May 2011 - external link

Biomass Firm's Planning Call, 11 May 2011

Recycling company admits £78m ‘mistake’, 10 May 2011 - external link

SITA UK subject to enforcement notice, 6 May 2011

How hazardous waste in Lanarkshire had an effect at Holyrood, May 9, 2011 - external link

Forth Energy’s ‘Renewable’ energy plans not green, say environmentalists, 26 April 2011

Greens vow to oppose incinerators, The Press Association, 22 Apr - external link

Greens vow to oppose incinerators, Brechin Advertiser, 22 Apr

Greens support for communities in fight against incinerators, stv.tv, 21 Apr - external link

Peterhead gasifier application imminent, 19 April 2011 - external link

Carnbroe - Reporter's decision expected in mid-May (11 Apr)

Incineration lazy landfill alternative, says Greens, 11 April 2011

American groups objects to Forth Energy biomass plans, 30 March - external link

Dargavel (Scotgen, Dumfries) update from SEPA, 30 March 2011

Ministers refuse to `call in’ Dovesdale incinerator planning application, 24 Mar 2011 - external link

Buchan group on the warpath as incinerator row ignites, 23 Mar - external link

Edinburgh and Midlothian submit waste plant plans, 21 March 2011 - external link

GAINS gives presentation in Newton Mearns, Sunday 20 March 2011

£860 Million for Renewable Heat - WWF Scotland Comment, 10 Mar 2011 - external link

Visit to Dumfries gasifier reveals dirty truth, 9 February 2011

Businessman Al Fayed joins fight against Invergordon incinerator, 8 Mar 2011 (external link to STV report)

Leith deadline Fri 11 - last chance to object

Dundee - Forth Energy denies government bias, 7 March 2011 (external link)

Dundee campaigners claim objections snub, 3 February 2011 - external link

28 Feb - GAINS submits response to proposed Zero Waste Regulations

Councillors vote to fight Grangemouth biomass plant, 26 Feb 2011

Demo at Holyrood - article and photos, 24 Feb (external link)

Invitation to Leith biomass protest at Parliament, 24 Feb

Loganswell Farm - online petition set up by local MSP, 22 Feb 2011

Falkirk Council opposes biomass burner, 11 Feb 2011

Carnbroe - today is last day of incinerator appeal, Fri 18 Feb

Angry exchanges at Leith biomass meeting, 10 Feb 2011 - external link

ICARE seeks support for a public inquiry in Invergordon, 7 February 2011

Waste firm Grundon to return with proposals for Perth plant, 29 January 2011 - external link

TEG Environmental Ltd fined £14,000 for environmental breaches, 26 Jan 2011 - external link

Council wants answers before giving biomass plan response, 25 Jan 2011

GAINS to present petition to Scottish Parliament on 11 January

Invergordon - Government concedes defeat in court battle, 22 Dec

Viridor wins appeal for Scottish EfW facility, 15 Dec

Loss-making DERL plant to get £1m from Dundee City Council, 13 December 2010

The Big Rally, as reported in the Dundee Courier on Saturday 16 October

The Big Rally - Friday 15 Oct, 11.30am, SNP conference, Perth Concern Hall

Dovesdale group alerts Lanark residents about incinerator proposals, 29 September (external link)

Dovesdale Action Group announces new website, 11 July 2010

Scotgen submits planning application, 2 July 2010

PRESS RELEASE 9 June - Zero Waste Plan threat

Stonehouse gasifier - Scotgen still accepting comments - 7 June

Dundee Council warned on debt burden from incinerator, 5 June 2011


Russia to create waste recycling industry by 2020, 23/06/2013

Puerto Rico voids deal for $500M WTE plant, 14 June 2013

Waste-to-energy market slows down, Thursday, 13 June 2013

Stericycle medical waste incinerator in Utah busted by the state for falsifying emissions information, 31 May 2013

King's Lynn incinerator-backing 'political suicide', 8 May 2013

Sweden to adopt its first waste prevention plan, 4 May 2013

Derby council mulls plans to scrap recycling, 1 May 2013

GAIA announces zero waste blog, 11 April 2013

UK Without Incineration Network - AGM on Saturday 20 April

Gloucestershire County Council refuses incinerator, 25 March 2013

Massachusetts waste ban victory, 23 March 2013

UK INCINERATOR PLANS: THEY'RE JUST RUBBISH, Independent on Sunday, 10 March 2013

No plans for incinerator in East Yorkshire's new waste contracts, Saturday, February 23, 2013

Defra drops funding for final three waste incinerator PFIs, 22 Feb 2013

Oakland, California: Community Rallies Against Proposed Trash Incinerator, 18 Feb 2013

Aluminium, cotton and lithium needlessly wasted - new report, 14 Feb 2013


More incineration than trash to burn threatens recycling in Europe

Jeremy Irons encourages world to oppose local incinerator proposals, 12 Dec 2012

Waste management prices in Germany under pressure, 12 Dec 2012

WRAP warns against incinerator overcapacity, 7 Dec 2012

Spanish study shows increased risk of cancer near incinerators, Dec 2012

On The Road To Zero Waste: Environmental Groups Observe 10th Annual Global Day of Action, October 1, 2012

Russian region puts moratorium on incineration due to high cost, 29 September 2012

Confederation of Paper Industries call for phasing out of incineration subsidies, 25 Sep 2012

Florence Zero Waste Altermeeting: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and REDESIGN, 24 Sep 2012

Energy from waste subsidies blamed for paper mill closures, 24 Sep 2012

Organized community defeat giant cement company in Mexico, 24 Sep '12

Breathing European air shortens lives: report, 24 Sep '12

Zero Waste Alliance UK announces conference and new website, 24 Sep '12

Councils 'need certainty' from EfW gasification, 11 September 2012

Covanta Stopped in Cheshire, 20 July 2012


ACT: No carbon credits for incinerators and landfills!

Business cost of waste recycling continues to fall Post Date: 10 July 2012

'This is the end for Newhaven' – controversial incinerator fires up, 5 July 2012

Fly in the ashes: Covanta caught dumping dioxin-laden ash, 5 July 2012

E.On Ends Waste to Energy Business Sale Following Low Bids, 2 July 2012

Biffa abandons plan to build EfW incinerator, 29 June 2012

Biddeford City Council buys incinerator to shut it down, 29 June 2012

GAIA announces new publication - On the Road to Zero Waste, 20 June 2012

The City of San Francisco Sets a New Standard for Sustainability, 29 May 2012 

Group pushes UN to define Zero Waste, 24 April 2012

GAIA announces defeat of Hong Kong mega incinerator, 24 April 2012

Meaford council fries incinerator, 24 April 2012

USA - Coalition forms for extended producer responsibility, 23 April 2012

Getting gold from garbage – how some Member States are making waste a resource, European Commission Press Release, 16 April 2012

China - new recycling machine gives instant cash for cans and bottles, 20 February 2012

USA - Big news! EPA Health Report on Dioxin Released After Twenty Seven Years of Delays, 17 Feb 2012

Ellen MacArthur puts sustainability ahead of the curve - new report, 8 Feb 2012

UK greenhouse emissions increase by more than 3% in 2010, 8 Feb 2012

Creation of the association of Italian Zero Waste communities in Capannori, Italy, 7 Feb 2012

Incinerator study gets green light, 24 Jan 2012

Iceland - Green Light for Farming in Dioxin Polluted Area, 21 Jan 2012

Defra to release £91m support for Norfolk EfW, 20 Jan 2012

MEPs vote to tighten EU rules over "growing mountain" of hazardous electronic waste, 20 Jan 2012

EC could make 2014 year of food waste, 20 Jan 2012

Enough demand for European plastic bag ban, say NGOs, 18 January 2012

Lafarge flouts law in Slovenia, December 2011 

South Korea - No Disposable Plastic Bags Declared! 14 Dec 2011

King's Lynn incinerator legal challenge fails, 8 December 2011

Covanta ends renewable-energy funds quest, 8 December 2011

No to dirty CDM!, Call for end to UN subsidies for incineration and landfill, 8 December 2011

Sisyphus and the Incinerator - Detroit incinerator granted public money, 30 Nov 2011

GAIA press release - New report calls for a EU ban on CDM carbon credits from waste projects, 21 Nov 2011

Indian waste workers fear loss of income from trash-to-electricity projects, 21 November 2011

Trash-burn plant subsidy put off, 18 Nov 2011

New York - Groups oppose clean energy funds for trash burning , 15 Nov 2011

Norfolk - Going alone on King's Lynn incinerator 'may be cheaper', 12 Nov 2011

Norfolk - funding loss threat to waste burning proposals, 12 Nov 2011

Manchester - Barton Energy Plant plans rejected by Trafford Council, 11 Nov 2011

Manchester - Peel’s 200,000 tonne incinerator rejected in Urmston, 11 Nov 2011

Spelman halts waste incinerator as DECC ignores advice to withdraw support, 10 Nov 2011

Call to STOP subsidies for Bio-energy, 26 October 2011


Study says using forest waste for energy adds to carbon emissions, 24 Oct 2011

Covanta pulls out of Merthyr Tydfil £400m waste plan, 24 Oct 2011

GOVERNMENT LIGHTS A FIRE UNDER RENEWABLE HEAT - Grants available from end of Nov 2011

Waste Pickers Protest CDM Incinerator in Delhi, New Delhi, 24 October 2011

Bioenergy opponents denounce latest Renewable Energy support scheme, 21 October 2011

ROCs review plans could see EfW subsidy halved, 20 Oct 2011

Commitment to 70% Recycling Rate by EU Paper Industry, 17 Oct 2011

Support Brazil´s anti incineration Manifesto, 14 October 2011

Study: Maryland. trash-burning power plants pollute more than coal, 13 October 2011

USA - Industry Front Group Promotes Practices that Bankrupt American Cities, 13 October 2011

Vancouver - Trash-to-energy proposal troubles Fraser Valley voters, 13 October 2011

LONDON - Protest against biofuels fuelling climate meltdown - DEMO ON 22 OCTOBER


GAIA Newsletter 10 Oct 2011, including news of Global Action Day

“Beautiful politics is the politicians working with the activists” – Zero Waste international meeting in Capannori, 8-9th October 2011

Naples joins Zero Waste International Alliance, Mon 3 Oct 2011

Aim to burn only non-recyclables, says Commission, 3 Oct 2011

Harrisburg financial collapse was predicted, 1 October 2011

Meeting of Zero Waste municipalities in Capannori, Italy, 7-8-9th October 2011

Professor Paul Connett seeks examples of good recycling practice, 26 Sept 2011

Brazil, notice of seminar on sustainable alternatives to incineration 2011, 23 Sept

Ecological solid waste management proponents launch anti-incineration roadshow, 23 Sept 2011

Country's first incinerator set to begin burning waste, 21 Sept 2011

Energos looks ahead to Knowsley gasification project, 21 Sept

Manila City Council Lauded for Thumbing Down Incinerators, 21 Sept 2011

New EU's Resource Efficiency roadmap points in the Zero Waste direction, 20 Sept 2011

BBC Cymru Wales investigates plans for Merthyr incinerator, 19 Sept 2011

Australia’s first major thermal waste-to-energy plant to be housed in Kwinana, 19 Sept 2011

China - Heated opposition feared for city's incinerator plan, 17 Sept 2011

UN Human Rights Report Calls for An End to Medical Waste Incineration, 14 Sept 2011

Nappy days! Britain's mountain of disposables recycled into roof tiles in CO2-saving measure, 13 Sept 2011

Nappy recycler opens UK plant, plans more in Scotland and London 13 Sept 2011

Harrisburg USA, the incinerator that kept burning cash, 13 Sept 2011

Plans submitted for “waste train” scheme to burn region’s rubbish in the north east, Sept 12 2011

London - Notice of public meeting (4 Oct) and protest (22 Oct) against subsidies for biofuel and biomass electricity

Italian province rejects incineration and aims for zero waste by 2020, 1Sept 2011

UK example of how incinerators depend on subsidies, 11 August 2011

Experiences from Zero Waste Europe presented at the annual CRRA conference in California, 9 August 2011

Spanish senate backs drinks deposit scheme, 27 June 2011

Isle of Wight seeks to reduce use of 'unreliable' gasifier, 22 June 2011

Dioxin emissions force Japanese incinerator to shut, 16 June

Hundreds protest outside Hatfield incinerator exhibition, June 10, 2011 - external link

Irish VICTORY after 10 years, 14 June 2011

Waste Review in Danger of Reversing Progress, June 13 2011 - external link

UK’s first nappy recycling plant to open in summer, 10 June 2011 - external link

Maximizing EfW does not decrease GHGs for Sydney, 8 June 2011

Inquiry ordered into incinerators, 12 June 2011

Congo Bans Plastic Bags To Fight Pollution, 3 June 2011

Pickles rejects Sherwood Forest incinerator, 28 May 2011

Springfield revokes biomass consent, 26 May 2011.

India’s first waste-to-energy plant generates heat, 22 May 2011 - external link

Commission considers EU ban on plastic bags, 19 May 2011

Iceland slammed over dirty waste incinerators, 17 May 2011

Hunger strikes begins against mega incinerator in Delhi, 25 April 2011

Update on Durham-York incinerator (Southern Ontario), 12 April 2011

Wasted Lives - report from a garbage burner in Jiansu, China, 10 Apr 2011

Detroit incinerator update, April 2011

New debate over Detroit's incinerator, 31 Mar 2011 - external link

Prime Minister questioned over incinerator plans, 30 March 2011

Environmentalists slam Spain's draft waste law, 8 Mar 2011

EU study backs tighter PM2.5 pollution standards, GAIA, 3 Mar 2011

Pollution fear cancels Beijing power plant plan, 3 Mar 11

Hundreds protest in Plymouth, 28 Feb 2011 (external link)

Italian gasifier put on hold due to concerns over Scottish plant, 24 Feb 2011


Industry drive to boost PET bottle's recycability, 21 Feb

Court case won - incinerator in Pazardzhik Bulgaria, 27.1.11

Book launch - Recycling everything is the key to saving the planet, 24 Jan 2011

Europe to strengthen action on waste prevention, 20 Jan 2011

Moscow - "Nothing green about energy scheme, says Greenpeace"

Hundreds in Urmston incinerator protest, 8 Jan 2010

Dirty Deals (Private Eye - 'Rotten Boroughs') 10 Dec '10

Report from 7th Zero Waste International Alliance Zero Waste Dialog, Florianopolous Brazil, 3 Nov 2010.

CEN to issue draft green standards for biomass, 1 December 2010

India: Wastepickers Offer a Solution to Climate Change Decry Waste-to-Energy and Privatisation, 1 Dec 2010 

Derby victory in Sinfin appeal, 16 Nov

Two more victories in Massachusetts, 16 Nov 2010

New Jersey Pulls Plug on Camden, 12 November

Waste giant loses UK secrecy court battle, 29 Oct 2010

Shutdown of World’s Largest Waste Incinerator Signals a Change in the Climate, 21 October

From Waste To Energy – The World Can Learn From Kerala, India, 11 Oct (external link)

Reusable packaging sector seeks greater support, 11 Oct

Mexico City bans free plastic bags, 19 August 2010

Residents 'vindicated' as blaze hits controversial waste plant, 12 August

EPA Sets First National Limits to Reduce Mercury and Other Toxic Emissions from Cement Plants, 9 August 2010

UN incineration plans rejected by world's rubbish-dump workers, 5 Aug

UK may have to import rubbish for incinerators, 1 August

Biomass may emit more CO2 than coal, 27 July

Greenpeace Spain demonstrates that alternatives to incineration would create up to 39 times more jobs, 20 July

ACT NOW - Ask the Government to stop wasting money

Government aims to spark anaerobic digestion boom, 17 July

"Strip gasifier of ROCs", demand Derby FOE - 16 July

Incinerator Opponents & Forest Activists Meet Congress to Demand End to Industry Subsidies, 14 July

Province of Lucca in Tuscany, Italy is incinerator-free!, 8 July

Gormley’s American nemesis in US waste wars, 4 July

Delaware closes biomass burning loophole, 2 July

Massachusetts announces 'Pathway to Zero Waste', 2 July

MEPs want 85% WEEE collection target by 2016, 28 June

Europe lowers emission monitoring requirements, comment

Audit Commission links incineration to low recycling, 25 June

Appeal may be made for Avonmouth incinerator, 4 June 2010

`Abnormal' emissions at Isle of Wight gasifier, 27 May 2010

Cameron lobbied to halt finance for national drive to burn waste

Shanks to send RDF to Dutch incinerator



Press Release: Scotland throws cash at incinerators, but spends pittance on recycling, 4 Feb 2013

More incineration than trash to burn threatens recycling in Europe, Jan 2013

Spanish study shows increased risk of cancer near incinerators, Dec 2012

2011 Sita discussion of European incineration overcapacity
A 2011 report by a Sita executive is well worth reading for an insight into how the waste industry view the issue of incineration overcapacity in Europe...read more

Closed loop society could be 'just a decade away', 28 May 2012
A circular economy where waste considerations are built into the lifecycle of product manufacture could be a reality within 10 years...read more

Accumulating 'microplastic' threat to shores, BBC report 27 Jan 2012

Economist slams waste PFI and calls for incineration tax, 20 Jan 2012

Letter from GAINS to Andrew Robertson, Chairman of Glasgow NHS regarding proposed Polmadie incinerator, 12 Dec 2011, and his reply

Policy makers should regard the enormous burden of disease caused by waste incinerator emissions, 17 Nov 2011

Localism Bill will require community agreement with waste proposals, as Spelman withdraws Government support for Norfolk incinerator, 12 Nov

Communities Against Toxics publishes newsletter, 29 September 2011

Health burden of waste incinerators in Seoul, Scientific study published Sept 2011

The burning issue, Sunday Herald, 18 Sept 2011 - Revealed: the plans to build a new wave of the waste incinerators that have communities up in arms

China: POPs levels in air near MSW incinerator - report from 2010

Sweden: Brominated dioxins contribute up to 15% of total dioxin TEQ in human tissue & plasma - report from 2010

The story of the Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) waste incinerator - 1977-2009

Excessive Subsidies for Waste Wood Incineration, 15 July 2010  - external link to UKwin website

BIOMASS INCINERATORS – Separating Fact from Fiction, 3 July 2010 (external link)

30 March  2010


Communities in Carnbroe, Perth, Invergordon, Dunbar and Peterhead have successfully campaigned against the award of planning permission for huge waste incinerators on their doorsteps - READ MORE


Opinion - why Leith needs biomass, 11 Mar 2011 - external link to Guardian blog

Opinion - Leith doesn't need biomass, 8 March 2011 - external link to Guardian

Two sides to the biomass debate, 19 Jan 2011

Biofuels Fallacy: Why Burning Plants Instead of Fossil Fuels Won't Save the Climate

Anguish at Lochhead's broken promises, 14.6.10

Supporting incineration is the counsel of despair, 23 May 2010

IT'S TIME TO TAKE CONTROL, 6 March 2010. Leading environmental campaigners have backed calls for the anti-incineration movement to take control in local government. READ MORE