Why a row over an incinerator could lead to more EfW lawsuits

With energy recovery rates soaring, recycling rates flagging and export markets closing their doors to recyclable material, some legal commentators believe EfW operators might increasingly be open to the kind of lawsuit faced by Gloucestershire County Council over its Javelin Park incinerator. Conor McGlone investigates.

Earlier this month, a community group took Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) to court over claims that its nearly completed £650m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant at Javelin Park would result in the incineration of recyclable material, counter to the government’s waste and resources strategy.

The group, Community R4C (CR4C), has since cranked up the pressure, sending a letter to the Environment Agency (EA) urging it to issue a ‘stop notice’ which would prevent the site from receiving any residual waste until the matter is properly investigated. The EA says its legal team is “carefully reviewing the letter”.

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