EfW has an important – if widely unappreciated – role to play in our approach to waste management. As part of waste hierarchy it complements recycling, and it supports efforts to reduce the quantity of waste sent to landfill.
This is becoming more important all the time as capacity at existing landfill sites reduces, with no new sites on the horizon. EfW should not be viewed in isolation but as but as part of the mix.
This point lost on both the public and, seemingly, on Whitehall. Community engagement is hugely important in winning public opinion. But since government very often sets the tone, this is where the education drive must start.
The cause will be best served by a unified campaign, encompassing AD and incineration. The industry must shout loud and clear to ensure that the new guide does not do them a disservice. Then they must use the guide as a tool to help spread and reinforce the message that EfW is an important solution for the environment, taxpayers and government.
Meanwhile, the entry deadline for MRW’s National Recycling Awards is fast approaching – enter for free at www.nationalrecyclingawards.com by Friday 24 February to make sure you don’t miss out.