Energy from waste: understanding the incinerator permitting process

A new energy-from-waste plant in an area tends to attract a lot of public attention, much of it negative. Isabella Kaminski demystifies the permitting process for new incinerators

Grass-roots opposition remains strong towards new EfW plants. Credit: Neil IrwinThe amount of waste being sent for recovery in the UK is increasing, even while arisings are falling. The amount of council-managed waste being incinerated at energy-from-waste (EfW) plants in England alone has more than doubled over the past decade, and across the whole of the UK more than six million tonnes were incinerated last year.

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