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UUK will vote in favour of EU Circular Economy Package

Posted by hertswow on March 31, 2018 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

"UK Will Vote in Favour of EU Circular Economy Package https://ciwm-journal.co.uk/uk-will-vote-in-favour-of-eu-circular-economy-package/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

CIWM Journal Online, posted on 23 March 2018 by Darrel Moore


"... The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed that it has written to inform Parliament the UK will vote in favour of the CEP when it comes to the Council. The EU’s CEP will require member states to recycle at least 55% of their municipal waste by 2025, 60% by 2030 and 65% by 2035. The targets set out in the Package, which were agreed by the Council in December last year, includes a 10% cap on landfill by 2035 and provisions for countries to restrict the use of single-use plastics. . . . ."

Comment: This is good news even though a). the targets under-ambitious in comparison to the best-performing countries, b). the targets are expressed by weight (tonnage) rather than carbon impact (CO2e) and c). reduction of wastage in the first place is far more urgent than re-usage, recycling and composting; important as those also are in terms of the internationally agreed Waste Hierarchy.

Incinerator proposal for Waterbeach near to Cambridge

Posted by hertswow on March 31, 2018 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This is about the expanding waste treatment facilities to the north of the village of Waterbeach which is a few miles north-east of Cambridge.

In 2010 the waste management company AmeyCespa acquired the Donarbon company that operated a Mechanical Biological Treatment facility. The Dunarbon operation was based on a 28 year waste management PFI contract with Cambridgeshire County Council. https://waste-management-world.com/a/ameycespa-aquires-donarbon-limited" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

Since February 2012 AmeyCespa has been operating a Materials Recovery Facility at the  site to sort dry recyclables from South Cambridgeshire District Council. https://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/ameycespa-opens-waterbeach-mrf/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

Now  AmeyCespa has applied for planning permission for a mass burn incinerator there so as to burn residual waste to generate electricity. On 7th February 2018 SCDC's "Planning Committee asked that the Council object to the proposals due to the impact they believe they would have on Denny Abbey’s setting. Cambridgeshire County Council will make the final decision on the application".

The local campaign group that is leading local opposition to the proposal is Cambridge Without Incineration Network (CBWIN): https://www.cbwin.co.uk/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

Herts. Waste Local Plan - Initial Consultation

Posted by hertswow on February 27, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Hertfordshire County Council, as Waste Planning Authority for Hertfordshire, is seeking the views of all interested parties on the way forward for waste planning in the county. The next stage of the process is the Waste Local Plan Initial Consultation. This consultation will run from 5 February 2018 until 30 March 2018 for 8 weeks.This Initial Consultation document is the first consultation that Hertfordshire County Council has published during the process of reviewing the county’s existing Waste Local Plan (WLP).

Visit the web site (below) to view the Plan, response forms and supporting documents or also available in hard copy during normal office hours at all county libraries, public deposit points and district and borough council offices. Please contact them for opening hours:



Preparing for the Planning Inquiry

Posted by hertswow on February 14, 2018 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We have now received a copy of the Secretary of State's letter that calls-in Veolia's application. It states his reasons for doing so as follows:


"On the information so far available to the Secretary of State, the matters which he particularly wishes to be informed about, for the purposes of his consideration of the application, are:

  • the extent to which the proposed development is consistent with the development plan for the area, in particular the Hertfordshire Waste Development Framework Core Strategy and Development Management Policies Development Plan Document 2011-2026
  • the extent to which the proposed development is consistent with the National Planning Policy for Waste, the Waste Management Plan for England and the National Planning Policy Framework

and any other matters the Inspector considers relevant."

The Case Officer has been appointed and has invited participants to join the process of preparing for the Inquiry:


Tim Salter, Inquiries & Major Casework, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/O Kite Wing, Temple Quay House,2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN


Tel 0303 444 5520,  Email: [email protected]

No dates have yet been scheduled for the Inquiry, but the date for submitting statements to the Case Officer is 15th Marchc 2018.

We expect that a pre-inquiry meeting (PIM) will be held, though this will be a matter for the Inspector to decide once the inquiry date has been fixed. Any PIM will be to discuss procedural matters only. HertsWoW will be invited since we have been granted 'Rule 6(6)' status.

Guide to Rule 6 Status:


"If you wish to take a very active part in an inquiry you should write to our Case Officer requesting “Rule 6” status. However, to avoid making the inquiry too repetitious, we encourage participants with similar views to group together and elect a spokesperson to appear at the inquiry on the group's behalf. ..."

As a Rule 6 party we are invited to discuss our involvement in the production of a Statement of Common Ground with the applicant (Veolia) and the Council.

Veolia's application is called in

Posted by hertswow on February 1, 2018 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Until today, the situation with Veolia's proposal for a mass burn incinerator in Rattys Lane, Hoddesdon was that Herts CC had only approved the application for planning permission in principle. That was because the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (SoS MHCLG) had imposed a stop order against their actually granting that permission.

The latest situation (notified at 4:36pm today) is that CLG has now called in the application. So Sajid Javid, not Herts CC, will determine whether to grant planning permission. It could still go either way, based on national planning consideratuions. There's no timescale for a decision. The application will now be subject to a public Planning Inquiry so that an Inspector can advise SoS on what to do, on national (or at least more than local) planning grounds. :)


MHCLG's notice states the following:

From: Lorraine Gamble

Planning Casework Manager

Planning Casework Unit

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

[email protected]

5 St Philips Place

Colmore Row

Birmingham B3 2PW

Ref: PCU/RTI/M1900/77411

Date: 1 February 2018

Application by Veolia for an Energy recovery facility on land known as Ratty’s Lane, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Application no: 7/0067-17

I am writing to let you know that the Secretary of State has today called-in for his own determination the above planning application.

The Government’s policy on call in is to be very selective. It is right that in almost all cases the initial decision on whether the application should proceed should be taken by the local planning authority. In general, planning applications are only called-in if planning issues of more than local importance are involved.

The Secretary of State has indicated, however, that there are occasions when it is right for him to decide the issue, normally following a public inquiry. I am enclosing a copy of a letter that the Planning Casework Unit has sent to Hertfordshire County Council. This explains the reasons for the Secretary of State’s decision and indicates the issues on which he wishes to be informed for the purposes of his consideration of the application.

If you wish to be involved in the public inquiry please contact the Planning Inspectorate, their address is shown below:

The Planning Inspectorate c/o Mark Boulton

Rm 3/O Kite Wing

Temple Quay House

2 The Square, Temple Quay Bristol BS1 6PN

Yours sincerely

Lorraine Gamble

Planning Casework Manager

Planning Casework Unit

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

[email protected]

5 St Philips Place

Colmore Row

Birmingham B3 2PW

EA approval for an incinerator in Bedsfordshire

Posted by hertswow on January 30, 2018 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Stewartby incinerator approved by Environment Agency - BBC News - link

i.e. at Rookery Pit South:

"A controversial incinerator has been granted final approval. The Environment Agency issued a permit for the plant at a disused clay pit, near Stewartby, Bedfordshire, after a second public consultation in November. Covanta Energy's development at Rookery Pit for the energy-from-waste plant was given the go-ahead by Parliament in 2012. But local residents have campaigned for nine years against the incinerator because of concerns over pollution.The facility will be capable of converting about 585,000 tonnes of household and business waste into 65MWe of electricity per year. . . ."

Local groups opposed to this proposal include:

  • Bedfordshire Climate Change Forum (BCCF)
  • Martson Mortayne Action Group         (MMAG)
  • Marston Park Residents Assocition    (MPRA)

2041 Environmental Plan

Posted by hertswow on January 11, 2018 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The UK Government has announced its long-awaited 2041 Environmental Plan. We hope to review it later this month. At a glance, it is grossly under-ambitious! :(

Calling-in VES's application

Posted by hertswow on January 11, 2018 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Re: "20 reasons for calling-in this application" - below:

"Let us know ([email protected]) if you would like a copy of our information pack for writing to the Secretary of State: A model covering letter, 20 environmental reasons for calling-in this application, the official guidance (the "Caborn Principles"). You may be able to come up with further reasons, perhaps in regard to social and environmental matters. Please bear in ming that they must be of national significance or about wider-than-local effects or precedent setting.

Today we send a second interim version of our letter, pending our consideration of the UK Givernment's '2041 Environmental Plan'.

China's ban on "foreign garbage"

Posted by hertswow on January 1, 2018 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Comment: This announcement may be seen as bad news since it will put pressure on the UK's councils and waste companies to incinerate more residual waste and even some kinds of sorted plastics. Alternatively it can be seen as an opportunity to put a Circular Economy strategy into effect urgently. The most level-headed statements that we have found are those by the Herts. WateAware Partnership and The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Now that China 's long-foretold ban on "foreign rubbish" has come ino effect, here are some online articles that give a more nuanced account of the selective ban and its implications:

announcement: www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42455378

Seven charts... www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42264788

Six simple ways: www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/42309891/six-simple-ways-to-cut-back-on-plastic

The Guardian: www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/07/chinese-ban-on-plastic-waste-imports-could-see-uk-pollution-rise

lets recycle.com: www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/impact-of-chinese-rules-councils-defra/

China is prohibiting the import of mixed paper [‘unsorted’] and also a number of plastic grades, which will hit some plastics from the municipal waste stream which have traditionally been sent to China. Also impacted is plastic film recovered from back of retail stores. Cardboard can still be moved although tighter restrictions on the level of contrary material come into force from March 2018.

TheConversation.com: theconversation.com/china-bans-foreign-waste-but-what-will-happen-to-the-worlds-recycling-85924

The Hertfordshire Waste Partnership has issued a well-infomred press release:

‘Keep calm and carry on recycling’. That’s the message from the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership (HWP) following news reports about changes which will impact on the ability of the UK and other countries to trade mixed recyclables with China. . . .

CIWEM: “… Painful as the current circumstances might be for the recycling industry, and whether or not there may be other markets open to accepting recyclate streams that are no longer accepted by China, recycling is still firmly in the middle of the waste hierarchy. We are not doing enough in the UK to treat waste as a valuable resource and to design it out of our economy as far as possible. For this reason, the China waste ban could actually be said to be timed quite usefully. ..."

Happy New Year!

20 reasons for calling-in this application

Posted by hertswow on December 24, 2017 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Let us know* if you would like a copy of our information pack for writing to the Secretary of State:

  • A model covering letter.
  • 20 environmental reasons for calling-in this application.
  • The official guidance  (the "Caborn Principles") - see next post.

You may be able to come up with further reasons, perhaps in regard to social and environmental matters. Please bear in ming that they must be of national significance or about wider-than-local effects or precedent setting.

*[email protected]