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To: UK government local council and waste authorities, consumers, voters and petitioneers
2020 UK Waste Management Implementation Plan
UK gov post Brexit to continue to implement pre-Brexit EU directives on incineration and landfill, regulate and inspect, and to meet all targets and improve on 2013 UK Waste Management Implementation Plan, targets from 2013/15, for 2021.
Why is this important?
- Local Authority and Waste Authorities need to be able to recycle efficiently, effectively, and economically; and this means having suitable and timely labelling for consumers to be able to simply and efficiently separate eg all plastics, wet/dry, and for these then to be sorted by state of the art technology for recycling or storing.
- Did you know that 'not yet recyclable' labelling means that only 25% of local authorities are recycling these items, and 'widely recycled' that only 75% of these items are recycled locally?
- In all liklihood, between 25% and 100% of 'not yet recyclable' labelled items are not sent for recycling, and up to 100% 'widely recycled' items include non-recyclables are mixed and not separated out.
- Where unrecyclable items were once sent to unsorted landfill, landfill is now well regulated, although inspections are fewer due to cuts in local authority and failure of privatised services, only non-hazardous inert waste is now landfilled (with exceptions, nuclear waste).
- Organic waste can be used for fertiliser.
- Incineration is now the preferred 'ecological' waste disposal method in the UK&EU, and much of the rest of the world (eg India). However any new construction sites are now under moratorium in the EU for incineration; although this is not the case in the UK anyway (ignored and as other places loosed regulation and oversight inspection for the free market. There are several (at least 6) new incineration energy from waste sites to be opened in the UK 2020, to add to the well over 40 energy from waste plants in UK (2017).
- Incineration as an Energy from Waste producer, is the least economic, efficient or effective generator of electricity, despite DEFRA approving many projects and others in the planning and building phase (Edmonton, Isle of Wight) with independent Environmental Assessment.
- The most economic, effective and efficient renewable energies are from combined wind wave and solar.
This 38 Degrees petition asks that in a timely manner, say before 2021,
UK gov. post Brexit, to transfer all EU directives on incineration and landfill, regulate and inspect all UK sites and meet 2020 UK Waste Management Implementation Plan targets, with improved plans for 2021 on.
- Local Waste and Energy Authorities and Councils to work together to provide an economic, efficient and effective source of energy and waste that is top of the market in tech,. price and delivery, employment and labour rules and regulation simplified, recycled recyclable circular economy.
- To improve on these targets in subsequent years, through economic, effective and efficient use of technology, in re-cycling and storing (including all plastic), landfill (where inspected and regulated for purpose), restricted bio-mass (fertiliser) or incineration (medical restricted to hospital sites, not transported).
- Renewable energy (solar, wind, water, other renewables) to replace in a timeframe mutually agreed for existing stocks to be run down and oil and gas imports ended, transport and industrial processes, trade digital and electric, circular battery re-charging (e) vehicles; to address and meet climate change crisis targets, clean air, and for everyone.
- Retail products to be labelled simply recyclable or non-recyclable and local waste authorities and retail and their manufacturers to be responsible for meeting 0% carbon, toxic emission (NOx SOx etc.).
- Stores to have their own store returnable reusable and recyclable bins at all stores.
- For 'not-currently recyclable' and 'widely recyclable' to be replaced with 'recyclable only' or 'not recyclable only'.
- All stores Tesco Sainsburys Waitrose etc. to abide by a PPP Polluter Pays Policy to re-use, recycle or store for future tech. (carbon capture) with collection points at all stores.