Waste Haste?

Energy from Waste is on the rise again. I recall many moons ago publicizing the innovative Wakefield Waste-Derived-Fuel plant. Now London and others are following suit decades later, incinerating non-recyclable wastes in incinerators with waste heat capture. This is certainly done on the continent and conceivably lower carbon than landfill sites and WRAP have given the practice their green seal of approval.

But now big plastic waste generators like Coca Cola are teaming up with cement giants like Holcim. They are dressing up in climate-saviour attire, clearing plastic waste, sometimes being paid to so do, then incinerating it as free fuel in cement kilns.

But lets just think about this – is it really an environmental gain to burn toxic emitting plastic waste?

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