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June 2010 Update from UKWIN

June 2010 Update from UKWIN (UK Without Incineration Network)

== Please circulate to your members / fellow campaigners ==
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1.   Welcome to new members

2.   Update from UKWIN

3.   Waste Contracts – collect ‘em all, trade with friends

4.   Lobbying the new Coalition Government

5.   Recent news

6.   Campaign (and Map) updates

7.   Thanks to volunteers and request for more

8.   More news

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1.   Welcome to new members

Since our Annual General Meeting in Chesterfield back in March (see http://ukwin.org.uk/2010/03/12/winners-gather-in-chesterfield) UKWIN has received numerous applications for membership. We now boast 69 group and 131 individual members, a grand total of 200! As both the Coordinator and the acting Membership Secretary I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all those for whom this is your first mailing from UKWIN. Please feel free to contact me by replying to this e-mail message or by telephone to: 01623 640134 to explore ways that the Network can support you, and to offer your support to strengthen our growing Network.

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2.   Update from UKWIN

On 25th March UKWIN’s Steering Group met in Birmingham. The UKWIN Steering Group is made up of the 5 Directors and 5 other volunteers. We discussed UKWIN’s forward plan. Our priorities include: raising awareness of the opportunities available during the audit period (see item 3, below); lobbying the new Coalition Government (item 4); improving our website (http://ukwin.org.uk); raising funds (including membership fees) and budgeting; adding to our Knowledge Bank (including 2009 annual incinerator reports); and commissioning research (e.g. into bottom ash toxicity). We established 2 new sub-groups, one to drive website improvements and another to explore funding opportunities and set budgets. If you would like to be co-opted onto the UKWIN Steering Group, please contact me. The Steering Group will be returning to Birmingham for our next meeting on Wednesday 1st September.

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3.   Waste Contracts – collect ‘em all, trade with friends

As those of you who have already joined the Audit Commission Act (ACA) Facebook Group (at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=129106633769407&ref=ts) will know, Section 15 of the Audit Commission Act 1998 gives a right to 'any persons interested' (for example, local council tax payers) to inspect the accounts of a local authority at the time of the annual audit for a limited period of 20 working days. This period differs from Council to Council and from year to year, and we are gathering these dates (see bottom of this long e-mail message for details collected so far). You may wish to contact your own Council(s) to request details of any payments made for waste management services and for an electronic copy of any associated waste contracts. This differs from the usual type of information request because commercially sensitive information must be released (to enable you to ask questions of the District Auditor).

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I would be happy to explain this further, and to coach you to make your request. Waste statistician Keith Kondakor can help interpret the information made available under the ACA. We hope to collate this information and make as much as possible available via the UKWIN website. Please join the Facebook Group to discuss this and to keep up with the latest ACA news. You might also wish to visit http://www.orchardnews.com/accounts.htm to learn more about this valuable and time-limited opportunity.

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4.   Lobbying the new Coalition Government

All sorts of messages are coming from the new Coalition Government, not least enthusiastic support for anaerobic digestion and “zero waste”. A review has been announced, and we expect opportunities to take part in some sort of consultation exercise. In the mean time, UKWIN is preparing to lobby MPs and other decision-makers, to promote a definition of zero waste that includes the phasing out of incineration to bring about a United Kingdom without incineration, starting with a moratorium on building new incinerators. We have been collecting the names of sympathetic MPs, and would be grateful to hear from you if you would like to suggest any names to add to our list (which currently stands at nearly two dozen). We are also looking to develop some briefings, and we welcome your suggestion about arguments to advance. UKWIN hopes to work with other groups and networks to nudge new policies towards our incineration-free vision of the UK.

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5.   Recent news

So much has been going on that I have fallen behind with the news section of the UKWIN website. Recent additions include:

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Inspector gives Veolia one last chance
http://ukwin.org.uk/2010/06/10/inspector-gives-veolia-one-last-chance/
At the Pre-Inquiry Meeting held on Monday (7th June 2010) at the Rainworth Village Hall the Planning Inspector, Mr. Rupert Grantham, granted Veolia a final opportunity to provide additional evidence to the Inquiry into proposals for a Sherwood Forest incinerator. Continue Reading “Inspector gives Veolia one last chance” »

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Critique of WRATE added to UKWIN Knowledge Bank
http://ukwin.org.uk/2010/05/15/critique-of-wrate-added-to-ukwin-knowledg...
Thanks to a contribution from veteran environmental campaigner and UKWIN Steering Group member Max Wallis, a thoughtful critique of the Waste and Resources Assessment Tool for the Environment (WRATE) has now been added to the growing pool of shared wisdom available to the anti-incineration / sustainable waste management community.

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Paul Connett in Kings Lynn

http://ukwin.org.uk/2010/05/13/paul-connett-in-kings-lynn/

A last minute cancellation in his speaker dates has meant that Professor Paul Connett, one of the world’s leading experts in waste management, is coming to Kings Lynn tomorrow (Friday 14th May) to give a talk regarding the incinerator planned for Kings Lynn, and Zero Waste which offers a viable and sustainable alternative. Continue Reading “Paul Connett in Kings Lynn” »

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Euro Parliament votes to decrease monitoring incinerator pollution

http://ukwin.org.uk/2010/05/05/euro-parliament-votes-to-decrease-monitor...

In a press release from Joan Marc Simon, GAIA Coordinator in Europe, we learn that the European Parliament (EP) has voted to decrease monitoring of pollutants from incineration. Continue Reading “Euro Parliament votes to decrease monitoring incinerator pollution” »

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Brent Cross Toxic Dinosaur Warning

http://ukwin.org.uk/2010/04/24/brent-cross-toxic-dinosaur-warning/

Brent Cross Balloons and Inflatable Dinosaur Flown in Warning of Toxic Emissions

On Friday 23rd April 2010 Friends of the Earth Brent, Barnet & Enfield and Camden local groups flew an inflatable flying dinosaur, the “Brentcrossasaurus”, and released balloons at Clitterhouse Playing fields in Cricklewood. Continue Reading “Brent Cross Toxic Dinosaur Warning” »

6.   Campaign (and Map) updates

UKWIN is eager to keep our website up to date. To help us achieve this ambitious goal we rely on members and supporters sending us periodic campaign updates. Please visit the Table at http://ukwin.org.uk/table (which uses the same information also displayed as an interactive Map at http://ukwin.org.uk/map) and send me any update if there is anything more to report. You can also send me longer campaign updates, and even photographs for inclusion on the website’s Campaign Update section.

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7.   Thanks to volunteers and request for more

I would like to express my sincere thanks to two volunteers who have been working with Friends of the Earth’s Becky Slater to help UKWIN collect and archive annual incinerator reports from 2009 (see http://ukwin.org.uk/knowledge-bank/annual-incinerator-performance-reports/). They are also helping us find out the audit periods for local authorities associated with existing incinerators. There are always ways for people looking to volunteer their time to support UKWIN – from joining the Steering Group to researching waste news for the UKWIN website. If you are interested in helping out, please contact me by replying to this e-mail message and/or telephoning me on 01623 640134.

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8.   More news

All news items on the UKWIN website have been written for members. When I come across a news item but don’t have time to turn it into a fresh article I tend to copy and paste it and send it to the Friends of the Earth’s “Waste List”. You can ask to join this list by contacting Becky by e-mail to: becky.slater@foe.co.uk

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The following are a few examples (apologies to those who’ve seen all these before…):

·       Up to councils to justify EfW, says waste minister
http://www.letsrecycle.com/do/ecco.py/view_item?listid=37&listcatid=217&...
Councils will be left to justify the use of energy-from-waste as a preferred treatment method as the coalition government looks to take a less "top down" view of waste, the new waste and recycling minister has claimed. We will do all we can to promote their benefits but it will be for the local authorities to think about why it is better for them rather than recycling or reusing that material…

·       Written Answers - Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Incinerators (15 Jun 2010) http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2010-06-15a.1911.h&s=incineratio...
Gary Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to provide guidance to local authorities on the use of *incinerators* for municipal waste; and if she will make a statement.
Richard Benyon (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Natural Environment and Fisheries), Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Newbury, Conservative): A cross-Department energy from waste (EfW) project led by DEFRA and the Department of Energy and Climate Change was established last year. The overarching aim of the project is to consider the role of EfW in waste management and renewable energy generation. As part of that, the project is considering the current state of the EfW market, the relationship between EfW technologies and feedstock choice, the contribution EfW can make to the green economy and how best to communicate EfW policy. We intend to bring forward policy proposals towards the end of 2010. It is the responsibility of local authorities not central Government to decide how waste is best managed in their respective areas. Local authorities need to be free to adopt such technologies as part of an integrated waste management solution if they deem it appropriate.

·       Veolia AGM invaded by women with beards
http://www.theage.com.au/world/french-stunt-hits-male-boards-20100613-y5...

·       WASTE West Midlands £1bn incinerator scheme halted
http://www.mrw.co.uk/news/west-midlands-1bn-incinerator-scheme-halted/86...
A controversial £1bn energy from waste (EfW) plant proposed for Coventry has been halted causing the public consultation and planning application to be postponed.

·       Energos Suspends Operation of Isle of Wight Incinerator
http://www.islandpulse.co.uk/b2/energy-plant-temporarily-suspends-waste-...

·       Three planned incinerators called into question
http://www.mrw.co.uk/news/three-planned-incinerators-called-into-questio...

·       Greens could make lasting impact on Leeds
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/may/20/leeds-labour-green-c...
"For its part, Labour is to throw out a Lib-Con plan to expand incineration as the principle way of dealing with the city's waste. Labour will also accelerate work on projects such as insulation of council houses and other council property, and introduce measures to analyse and reduce energy waste."

·       Calls for Coalition to clarify policy on incineration
http://www.mrw.co.uk/news/calls-for-coalition-to-clarify-policy-on-incin...
Despite several positive environmental pledges in its manifesto, the new coalition government needs to be clearer about its policy on the future of incineration, according to a national anti-incineration group. The UK Without Incineration Network (UK WIN) is concerned about which government department will take charge of energy from waste facilities under the new coalition arrangement given the seemingly opposing views of the two different secretaries of state…