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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]


Development Control Committee outcome re Ratty's Lane

Posted by hertswow on December 21, 2017 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

At the all-day meeting of Herts. County Council's Development Control Committee yesterday, the councillors appeared to give serious consideration to the issues. It consisted of a morning of objections, Veolia's case for the proposal and the Committee's own discussions in the afternoon. The councillors on the Committee then reverted to type and voted 7:3 the Officer's report, i.e. in favour of granting planning permission for the incinerator plant.

That approval in principle is subject to the Secretary of State's lifting his hold on their actually granting planning permission. However at this point the latter would be a formality if CLG were to do so. That makes it essential for everyone so minded to write to Sajid Javid MP forthwith, citing planning reasons of national significance or liable to set an adverse national precedent.

Office of Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP:

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Email: [email protected]

Copied to: The National Planning Casework Unit, [email protected]

You can look up the NPCU's web site for general advice on how to request a call-in: https://planninghelp.cpre.org.uk/planning-explained/planning-applications/call-ins/how-to-request-a-call-in-or-recovery" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link
Contact us if you wish to discuss reasons for doing so in this case: [email protected]

Whilst the local community's aim of refusal (or ours of deferral) was not achieved, there was an impressive show of banners outside and the protesters filled the Council Chamber. The 12 speakers objecting to the proposal included representatives of local companies and of a range of authorities from Hertfordshire and Essex. The objectors' seemly conduct was exemplary in encouraging the Committee to exercise due concern for the future of the Hoddesdon/Broxbourne area.

Development Control Committee outcome re Ratty's Lane

Posted by hertswow on December 21, 2017 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

At the all-day meeting of Herts. County Council's Development Control Committee yesterday, the councillors appeared to give serious consideration to the issues. It consisted of a morning of objections, Veolia's case for the proposal and the Committee's own discussions in the afternoon. The councillors on the Committee then reverted to type and voted 7:3 the Officer's report, i.e. in favour of granting planning permission for the incinerator plant.

That approval in principle is subject to the Secretary of State's lifting his hold on their actually granting planning permission. However at this point the latter would be a formality if CLG were to do so. That makes it essential for everyone so minded to write to Sajid Javid MP* forthwith, citing planning grounds of national significance or liable to set a national precedent.

 

 

Office of Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP:

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Email: [email protected]

Contact us if you wish to discuss examples of such grounds: [email protected]

Whilst the local community's aim of refusal (or ours of deferral) was not achieved, there was an impressive show of banners outside and the protesters filled the Council Chamber. The 12 speakers objecting to the proposal included representatives of local companies and of a range of authorities from Hertfordshire and Essex. The objectors' seemly conduct was exemplary in encouraging the Committee to exercise due condern for the future of the Hoddesdon/Broxbourne area.

CLG has put planning decision on hold

Posted by hertswow on December 14, 2017 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A week ahead of a meeting of Herts. CC's Development Control Committee to determine whether to grant planning permission for Veolia's application, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has stepped in with a letter to the Council as follows:

"TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015

Proposed Energy Recovery Facility at 2 Rattys Lane, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire - Application number 7/0067-17

I am directed by the Secretary of State to refer to the above planning application.

In exercise of his powers under Article 31 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015, the Secretary of State hereby directs your Council not to grant permission on this application without specific authorisation. This direction is issued to enable him to consider whether he should direct under Section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 that the application should be referred to him for determination.

This direction does not prevent your Council from considering the application, forming a view as to the merits or, if they are so minded, refusing permission.

I would be grateful for acknowledgement that you have received this letter. Please contact me on the number above if you have any queries."

This has been significantly mis-reported by the local paper, the Mercury, as if the Committee were only able to "form a view" whilst as can be seen from the SoS's letter the Committee is free to consider the matter, refuse planning permission (or defer the decision or defer the meeting): link

Please write to the Secretary of State requesting that he call in this application. Guidance on the potential grounds for calling-in is available here.

UKWIN to speak at London Assembly EfW Meeting

Posted by hertswow on December 6, 2017 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

On Thursday 7th December 2017 the London Assembly's Environment Committee will be discussing issues relating to Energy from Waste incineration as part of the Committee's investigation into waste management in London.

Shlomo Dowen, the National Coordinator of the UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN), will be one of the guest attending the meeting. UKWIN has provided written evidence to the London Assembly showing how waste incineration harms recycling and why it is important that London adopts a moratorium on new waste incineration capacity.

The meeting, which starts at 2:30pm, will be open to the public and broadcast via the London Assembly website at https://www.london.gov.uk/media-centre/london-assembly.

Commenting on his forthcoming attendance, Shlomo Dowen explained: "London has a great opportunity to be a global leader in sustainable waste management, but at the moment London's recycling rates are suffering from the effects of incineration overcapacity. I am looking forward to discussing the future of London's waste management with the Environment Committee, alongside exploring some of the problems caused by waste incineration".

WRAP's Food Waste Recycling Action Plan

Posted by hertswow on December 4, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 

"WRAP's Food Waste Recycling Action Plan is live! - 30 Nov 2017 (link)

The first new bulletin for the Food Waste Recycling Action Plan is now live. Visit it to find our all about progress in the first year, the latest tools and industry guidance, as well as opportunities to get involved and help improve recycling rates across the sector. Do pass the news on to your colleagues."

 

WRAP's Food Waste Recycling Action Plan

Posted by hertswow on December 4, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 

"WRAP's Food Waste Recycling Action Plan is live! - 30 Nov 2017 (link)

The first new bulletin for the Food Waste Recycling Action Plan is now live. Visit it to find our all about progress in the first year, the latest tools and industry guidance, as well as opportunities to get involved and help improve recycling rates across the sector. Do pass the news on to your colleagues."

 

National Recycling Award for NHDC and NHH

Posted by hertswow on November 11, 2017 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

"North Hertfordshire District Council and North Hertfordshire Homes go flat out to win recycling award"

Monday, 23 October 2017 - 3:00pm - https://northherts-cms.cms-live.firmstep.com/north-hertfordshire-district-council-and-north-hertfordshire-homes-go-flat-out-win-recycling-award" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">details

"North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) and North Hertfordshire Homes (NHH) are celebrating winning a prestigious national award for their recycling work with residents of local flats. On Wednesday 11 October they fought off stiff competition to win Best Partnership Award at the 2017 LARAC (Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee) Celebration Awards in Nottingham. This accomplishment was the result of a year of collaborative work with local residents to reduce the amount of non recyclable materials going into recycling bins such as plastic bags, textiles and polystyrene.

. . .

This successful formula has since been shared with other local authorities in the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership, Resources London and the Surrey Waste Partnership."


Recycle Week 2017, 25 Sept. to 1st Oct. - WRAP

Posted by hertswow on September 19, 2017 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (2)

 

"This year’s campaign ‘Recycling – it’s worth it’ is designed to encourage us all to recycle more of the right things from all around the home. Our research shows that in the UK, whilst almost 90% of people claim to regularly recycle from the kitchen, only 52% say they regularly recycle from the bathroom. Yet recycling just three empty deodorant cans can save enough energy to power a shower for eight minutes. And those recycled aerosols could come back as parts for mobile phones, dishwashers or even as another aerosol can.

It is these value and transformational messages we want to get across throughout this Recycle Week. And not just for dry recycling items, but food waste too. We know that understanding the importance of food waste recycling and what happens to recycled food once collected has increased, however awareness of it still lags behind dry recycling – so this will be a key area of focus next week."

Publicity: https://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/why-recycle-because-its-worth-it/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">press release

Resources: https://partners.wrap.org.uk/collections/187/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">images & videos


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