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New generation of incinerators given the thumbs up in Scotland - COMMENT UPDATE

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is giving the thumbs up to a new generation of waste incinerators that local authorities plan to set up across Scotland. In a move to get the best value out of waste the councils believe that incinerators, also described as thermal treatment facilities, will reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. SEPA manager of the waste and resource strategy unit John Ferguson said: Development of thermal treatment facilities has come a long way over the years, and these are among the most tightly regulated facilities in Europe. People still have a poor perception of thermal treatment, largely based on past experience, but the fact is coal fires in the home, coal-operated power plants and firework displays produce far higher emissions than modern thermal treatment facilities, including incinerators. We need to learn from Europe, where they have developed high recycling rates simultaneously with the use of thermal treatment plants. There are a number of technologies available to treat residual waste and these need to be explored to ensure the most appropriate are used. But Friends of the Earth Scotland has criticised the move, insisting that a residue of toxic ash would be produced by the incinerators and that reducing waste was the answer. Policy director Stuart Hay said: The priority is always to prevent waste in the first place - that is the way to save energy - and then to reuse and recycle. That is the way forward and we just have not got that sorted out, so now to rush to do incineration is the worst of both worlds. Comment: The news that Scotland is moving into thermal diposal of wastes is excellent news and will save the environment the burden of transporting waste into England for incineration.Got to be greener option to do it locally. Posted by Steve Mirfin, 17/08/07 Comment: Incineration is most certainly NOT the way to go. The right way is to build Kyoto Protocol emission compliant - total resource recovery plants that pull everything reuseable out of the waste stream for return to industry - as can be done using well established resource recovery machinery developed by EU engineering firms; coupled with the very latest CHP that runs on fuel made only from the "green" combustibles that qualifies the multi-megawatt electric output for ROC benefit.All of which can be built as a modular plant for little more third of the cost of a mass burn incinerator. A classic example of where they sould be doing this is Jersey - where consultants advise replacing the 1970s clapped out incinerator with a new £85 MILLION mass burn incinerator; against a more sensible option to build a total resource recovery plant with CHP and tower bio-waste composting costing less in all than £25 Million - as offered by Advanced Recycling Technologies Ltd - who have more than 3 0 years experience and expertise in the business. Posted by Tony Durbin, Hydra Systems, 20/08/07 Comment: Incineration is not like the image that most people have of dirty smoking stacks, however, if this is the image that they want to cling to I am all for it, this may persuade them to recycle more if the alternative is to have a thermal treatment plant near to them. No matter how much you reduce, re-use and recycle, there comes a point where this is no longer an option and the waste has to be disposed of. Posted by Ray Khan, 20/08/07

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