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Shlomo Dowen

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  • Comment on: IBA metal boosts England's recycling rate

    Shlomo Dowen's comment 6 December, 2017 7:54 pm

    The answer will be interesting. Correction appreciated!

  • Comment on: IBA metal boosts England's recycling rate

    Shlomo Dowen's comment 6 December, 2017 2:05 pm

    The headline does not make clear the difference between metals in the ash (which could have been recycled without going through an incinerator first) and the bottom ash itself (which does not count towards recycling rates)

  • Comment on: Industrial strategy commits UK to circular economy

    Shlomo Dowen's comment 27 November, 2017 1:24 pm

    Not sure why this article is accompanied by a photograph of a waste incinerator. Waste incineration has no place in the circular economy. The Ellen MacArthur diagram included on page 150 of the Industrial Strategy shows incineration and landfill as leakages from the circular economy. Unless the photo is meant to illustrate that we cannot expect any further new waste incineration capacity... This would be consistent with the Strategy's central message that "A linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economy risks eroding the natural capital central to its long-term growth through resource depletion and environmental pollution", and the Strategy's emphasis on resource productivity. Shame we do not yet have wider access to the "From Waste to Resource Productivity" report yet...

  • Comment on: Defra's top scientist delays departure

    Shlomo Dowen's comment 5 October, 2017 11:03 am

    I agree with Colin - we want to read the report, not least because we anticipate the report will be less than supportive of waste incineration, which after all is hardly the way to ensure resource productivity...

  • Comment on: EfW business failures ‘likely to increase’ by 2030

    Shlomo Dowen's comment 7 August, 2017 7:24 pm

    Most reports on residual waste treatment capacity are commissioned by companies with a financial stake in investment in new waste incineration capacity, whereas Eunomia's reports are more independent.

    Eunomia's latest report confirms that we will soon have more incineration capacity than residual waste. However, this understates the problem because much of what is currently described as 'residual waste' can actually be recycled or composted.

    We already have more incineration capacity than we will have genuinely residual waste to burn, and so have already reached 'overcapacity' in the UK. We need to be recycling our waste, not wasting millions of pounds building yet more incinerators that will be redundant in a Circular Economy.

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