Incinerators are bad for climate change, health and recycling

There is no logical reason why you would want to replace the Edmonton Incinerator in North London, nor build any of the other 50 new waste incinerators that are in the planning pipeline at the moment.

Incinerators are: Bad for Climate Change. These new incinerators require councils to sign up to long term contracts lasting decades. The government’s Committee on Climate Change want waste emissions to drop below 16m tonnes of CO2 in order to meet the government’s net zero targets, but current expansion plans will mean nearly twice that is being burnt by 2035. It is not only going in the wrong direction, the industry tries to legally bind councils to their mistake.

Incinerators are: Bad for your health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reassessed the medical evidence about fine particulates, which are now recognised as the main pollutant causing premature death and ill health. WHO have tightened up their targets for PM 2.5 and while the government does recognise the danger and the need for a limit on these fine particulates coming from incinerators, there is no daily monitoring to see if this is being exceeded.

Incinerators are: Bad for recycling. Any expansion of England’s current EfW incineration capacity is incompatible with the government’s 2035 recycling target. If the 50 approved EfW incinerators were to be built and operate at capacity, that only leaves around a third of our waste being available for recycling. This makes no sense when Parliament passed a law saying that 65% of waste is meant to be recycled by 2035.

Look out for the protest marches:


Edmonton, north London: