Government to use RCEP report in new push for incineration

The Government appears poised to invoke the favourable assessment of incineration by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) to give the technique a push as part of its recycling strategy for municipal waste.

Published in May, the RCEP's report concluded that there are no health risks worth worrying about from modern, well regulated incinerators, and recommended a series of steps to boost municipal waste incineration at the expense of landfill, with its higher emissions of greenhouse gases (ENDS Report 220, pp 13-15 ).

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