Why UKWIN Opposes Waste Incineration
See The Story Behind The Map for a simple explanation.
While we endeavour to provide current and accurate information, we rely heavily on second and third party sources. As such, the information is provided "as is" with no claims or warranties as to its suitability for any particular purpose. Markers are indicative and may not always point to the exact site location.
All of the data contained within this website is under ongoing review with an intention to continuously improve the quality of information. If you are aware of any improvements or corrections, please contact the UKWIN Project Co-ordinator.
The map includes many sites that (we hope) will never be used for incineration. Other sites that may be considered for waste incinerators may not appear on the map at this time. You can improve the map by sending any updates to firstname.lastname@example.org (please include sources of information).
Sources of information:
Types of facilities on the map:
- All potential sites included in the map have been mentioned in either Local Authority / Central Government documentation (e.g. Defra PFI lists, EA spreadsheets, Partnership Waste Strategies, etc.), local or national media reports, and/or local campaign updates
Facility marker placement:
- We focus on the incineration of household waste, and the facilities that are part of this system.
- We have a fairly broad definition of what constitutes a 'potential site', ranging from sites where formal planning has been granted but the facility is not operational to sites earmarked for waste management facilities without incineration being ruled out. In a very small number of instances, we have included sites that have been 'withdrawn' but are of ongoing concern to local activists.
- We have included a small number of representative potential Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facilities that are proposed to produce a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) or Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF). One potential MBT plants of this type is marked as a separate site, and others are referred to in the notes of the potential destination incinerator.
- While we have not focussed primarily on gasification / pyrolysis incinerators, we have included some prominent sites in cases where information has been supplied by local campaigners.
- We do not include any landfill or reprocessing sites for ash / residue, or sorting facilities (material recovery facilities) despite such facilities being part of the household waste incineration system.
- Existing facilities should have fairly accurate geo-locations (based on facility postcodes).
- Sometimes one representative site is chosen to mark a place for an as yet unselected (potential incinerator) site, in which case this is mentioned in the notes.
- Sometimes several potential sites are included even though only one will possibly be expected to host an incinerator, in which case this is mentioned in the notes.
- Where there is no known site location for a proposal, we have used the nearest Local Authority (Town Hall) for our marker.
- Sometimes a site is not specified or its precise location is not sufficiently well defined to provide an accurate geo-location. In such circumstances a best guess is made.
- Where existing facilities may be expanded (e.g. Eastcroft and Tyseley) we have slightly displaced one of the markers from the correct location to allow for a second marker to be displayed.
Individuals wishing to be put in touch with local campaigners or supported to form or develop an anti-incineration group should contact the UKWIN Network Co-ordinator.
For further information see the Resources and Why Oppose Incineration sections of the UKWIN website.
Created by UKWIN in conjunction with and funded by Friends of the Earth, with special thanks to Michael Warhurst, Becky Slater and FoE's Regional Campaign Coordinators. Additional research by Rosie Dowen, Josh Dowen, James Gibson, Keith Kondakor and Friends of the Earth Waste List participants. Technical consultancy and bespoke software solutions provided by Josh Dowen. Smiley icon created by Mark James.