Campaigners against the building of EfW plants has called on newly appointed resources minister Rory Stewart to develop an ‘incineration exit strategy’.
Defra ministerial roles were confirmed on 3 June including Stewart’s responsibility for resources and environment management.
Now the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (Ukwin) has called on Stewart (pictured) to work with it to develop an “incineration exit strategy”.
Ukwin national coordinator, Shlomo Dowen said: “Locking our valuable materials into incineration is a serious long-term risk to UK resource security.
“Government subsidised and sanctioned incineration overcapacity harms the markets for recycling and reduces the marginal benefits of waste minimisation and re-use schemes, causing significant environmental harm.”
Stewart replaced Dan Rogerson as parliamentary under-secretary of state at Defra on 12 May following the Conservatives’ election win.
Ukwin comprises businesses and individuals against the construction of facilities for refuse derived fuel (RDF) or solid recovered fuel (SRF).