Thanks Simon, we were advised this by the PRC in 2015 way before the proposed ban. It was before then (in 2009) that we had suggested to the PRC that they ban importing waste from the west altogether. At long last they have taken this on board.
The waste industry should now use its efforts to deal with the issue as the PRC have been doing in their response to the 29 million tonnes of its own plastics it has been generating on its own. And fortunately they have agreed with us that it is not such a problem at all.
Comment on: London Assembly rebuked over EfW report
These statements are correct.
Energy from Waste (incineration and gasification) are the most insidious form of waste treatment committing waste - which is valuable - to a one-way ticket of destruction without recourse to any better financial rewards.
We read that even the PRC (Peoples Republic of China) is intending to re-advise its Municipality Waste Treatment Strategy away from Incineration/Gasification as it is too costly to build and operate and maintain when compared against the advanced super-fast processing plants being developed by one of its invited business companies that can convert the organic materials to very profitable outcomes at a third the price of incineration and deliver a pay-back period of less than 5 years and as a result reduce importing unnecessary oil which is used for making transport fuels. We also hear that the same company proposes dealing with wasted plastics the same way and converting this to a further beneficial use which will pay for itself in two years.
So the Greater London area us correct and is wise to comment and follow suit.
Comment on: Javid calls in Veolia's Hertfordshire EfW scheme
It seems as though the original outline proposal registered in 2006 for this projected programme has been rejected because of serious reservations about its tenure.
From all accounts in the original discussions in Ware (Hertfordshire) in 2006 any potential then to offer a valued and more competitive approach using systems such as turning the residues as organic materials into renewable fuels at a fraction of the costs here were thrown out of the window regardless of the fact that these options would have generated over £80 Million per year in revenue stream for the area's Council Tax Payers and would not have needed a gate fee for treatment.
Maybe the Minister will take note of this....although we understand that since this note will not be published he will not know.
Comment on: Suez finds alternative markets to China
The recycled waste plastics can still be reworked and made into usable products within the UK and EU and generate considerably more than dumping them overseas. China is doing this with its own from late this year 2018.
What is the problem?
Treat this as an opportunity.
We are doing this!