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HWP's Annual Report for 2017/18

Posted by hertswow on December 11, 2018 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The Hertfordshire Waste Partnership's Annual Report for 2017/18 is now available online: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/media-library/documents/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/hwp-annual-report-2017.18-final.pdf " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

Duncan Jones MCIWM is the Partnership Development Manager and Chairman of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group. His announcement identified the following highlights:

  • A focus on Hertfordshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres including expansion of re-use facilities, improvements to existing sites, and plans announced for the development of a major new HWRC for Ware;
  • Another strong year for the HWP’s WasteAware team tackling food waste, textiles, real nappies and flats recycling;
  • Significant progress in efforts to tackle fly tipping across the County including the co-ordinated launch of Hertfordshire’s award winning #SCRAPflytipping campaign by a range of stakeholders;
  • Updates on end destinations for Hertfordshire’s residual wastes, organics and dry recyclables;
  • A brief look at events shaping the agenda so far during 2018/19.

The cpncluded that "As always the HWP is keen to hear from our stakeholder organisations on any aspect of the annual report or indeed the work of the waste partnership."

SAHSU Fetal growth ... near UK municipal waste incinerators study

Posted by hertswow on December 10, 2018 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We welcome publication by the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) of its latest report of one of the largest studies to date on health risks of municipal waste incineration: (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412018316398#s0085" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link)

'Fetal growth, stillbirth, infant mortality and other birth outcomes near UK municipal waste incinerators; retrospective population based cohort and case-control study'

in: Environment International, in press, corrected proof.

Received 26 July 2018, Revised 8 October 2018, Accepted 31 October 2018, Available online 22 November 2018.

"5. Conclusions

This large national study found no evidence for increased risk of a range of birth outcomes, including birth weight, preterm delivery and infant mortality, in relation to either MWI emissions or living near an MWI operating to the current EU waste incinerator regulations in Great Britain. The study should be generalisable to other MWIs operating to similar regulations and with similar waste streams."


Some cautionary notes

The article is carefully worded to reflect the study's remit, approach, methods and findings. However the latter are liable to be misinterpreted, especially in reportage and during consideration of planning policies and applications for development:

  1. The study did not prove that there there is no "increased risk of a range of birth outcomes ... in relation to either MWI emissions or living near an MWI"; it only found no evidence of such risk.
  2. The study sought to address local environmental factors such as nearby industries and road density, yet as the summary states "Despite these efforts, we cannot exclude the possibility of residual confounding that may have affected our estimates." In particular there may be valid concerns about the modelling of weather effects in relation to local landform and neighbouring buildings.
  3. The statement that "The study should be generalisable ...." does not mean that its findings may be applied directly to all proposals for new incinerators or extensions etc. to existng ones. Rather, the degree of similarity of a proposal to incinerators studied during 2003-2010 is a matter for expert assessment. especially with regard to factors that may not have been encountered in the research sample or may have arisen since that time.
  4. The study's scope did not include widely dispersed risks of harm arising from MWIs generally e.g health effects arising from atmospheric emissions, regional traffic and anxiety about such matters.  
  5. The incinerators included in this study were selected from all of those in Great Britain. A few were excluded for reasons stated in the report (paragraph 2.1: lack of data or facilities not being solely MWIs).
  6. The conduct of the research programme benefitted from the international experience of SAHSU and the wider network in large-scale health studies worldwide. Quite different situations may apply in other parts of the world, e.g. in respect of incinerator technologies, feedstocks, emission standards etc.

Herts CC Waste Performance Update

Posted by hertswow on November 23, 2018 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Herts. County Council has published its latest performance figures as follows: https://democracy.hertfordshire.gov.uk/documents/s3864/09%20Item%208%20Waste%20Management%20Performance%20indicator%20update.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

Report of the Director of Environment & Infrastructure to the Community Safety & Waste Management Cabinet Panel on 9th Nov. 2018



1. Purpose of report

1.1. To present the latest set of waste management performance indicators.

2. Summary

2.1. This is the second report containing the revised set of waste management performance indicators including the Waste Disposal Authority (WDA) function, Hertfordshire Residual Waste Treatment Programme (RWTP), the Hertfordshire Household Waste Recycling Service (HWRS) and Hertfordshire Waste Partnership (HWP) performance.

2.2. This report includes all the agreed performance indicators updated with the latest information for Members to consider.

. . .

4. Waste Disposal Authority function indicators

4.1. The official 2017/18 figures will be released by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) in December 2018 and will be presented in the next performance report, along with regional and national averages.

4.2. However, current indications show a fall in the recycling and compost rate from 52.2% to 50.9% (figure 1). Both dry recycling and composting have seen a decline, whilst residual waste has increased.

4.3. As shown in figure 11 of the HWP performance section there has a been a decline in dry recycling collected by five out of the ten Waste Collection Authorities (WCAs) along with a drop in performance at HWRCs.

4.4. Despite this decline in performance the rate still remains above the target of 50%. However, it is likely that the Resources and Waste Strategy expected this autumn will adopt new targets to increase the level of recycling, composting and re-use to 65% by 2035 and therefore all eleven authorities will need to work together to significantly improve rates. This is likely to necessitate changes to the Joint Municpal Waste Management Strategy (JMWMS) for Hertfordshire and will also include input into the anticipated consultations on new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations, Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) and the consistency agenda.

5. Hertfordshire Residual Waste Treatment Programme (RWTP) Project

. . .

5.4. The delay to the programme for the Rye House Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) means there is a requirement to secure short term ‘bridging’ contracts from 2020/21 to the point where Rye House (if positively determined) is operational or to provide alternative short term arrangements whilst a longer term view is developed. The majority of disposal arrangements under the current set of residual waste contracts expire in March 2021, with some arrangements coming to an end in 2020. The procurement process has been initiated with an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) notice published in early October and it is anticipated that award will be in January 2019.

. . .

HWRC Service update

A soft launch of the new Waterdale ReUse Centre took place on 22 September. Interest in the centre is already brisk, with an official opening planned for late November.

. . .

8. Hertfordshire Waste Partnership (HWP) Annual Report

8.1. "The 2017/18 HWP Annual report is in production and will be presented alongside the next performance indicator report.

RSPB visit to Rye Meads Nature Reserve - FREE

Posted by hertswow on November 5, 2018 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

"Sunday 9th December 2018: Own Transport Visit to The Lee Valley in Essex and Hertfordshire, including RSPB Rye Meads (https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/hitchinandletchworth/events/#HpbO9tW1WGV6GLLS.99" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link)

"We will work our way up the Lee Valley (visiting RSPB Rye Meads reserve en route and finishing at Amwell), looking in particular for wintering reed bed and wetland birds such as bittern and smew."

Time: Meet at Fishers Green car park (O/S 166, TL 375 025) at 9.30am.

Price: Free

Telephone: 01763249459

E-mail: [email protected]

Veolia's progress towards a ???circular??? economy

Posted by hertswow on November 5, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Veolia ES has published its latest Sustainability Report: (https://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/recycling-investment-veolia-circular-economy/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">article) (https://www.veolia.co.uk/about-us/sustainability" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">download)

"Innovation over the last few years has given us an unprecedented opportunity to minimise resource use, guarantee energy supply and cut climate-changing emissions, and this is reflected in our progress, ...

The momentum behind the plastics revolution seems unstoppable and at Veolia, we see this as the catalyst for the transition to a wider circular model across a wide range of materials, ...”

Comment: It remains to be seen whether or when the company would be willing to renounce the construction of new facilities for incineration of plastic materials in residual waste, let alone in its operation existing installations.

Charles Walker MP OBE

Posted by hertswow on November 1, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Charles walker OBE, the member of parliamnt for Broxbourne, has yet again spoken out in the House of Commons in firm opposition to Veolia's proposal for a residual waste incinerator in Hoddesdon. On 31st October 2018 from 7:00pm he led an Adjournment Debate on the damage that would be done to air quality around the A14 highway. 

The Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Dr Thérèse Coffey, gave considered responses to the points raised.

Text in Hansard: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-10-31/debates/ACEEFE7C-CAB2-4BAF-A16E-FE4E057B9AB1/AirPollutionA10AndBroxbourne" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

BBC iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search?q=adjournment+debates" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link (in due course)



"...My general expectation is that the Environment Agency would consider the impact of the proposed development itself, rather than its location. However, the formal planning process should consider the location, including the travel routes and the impact it may have on the environment, including the air quality, in determining whether the development should go ahead."

"... However, the Broxbourne study clearly identified a much more significant problem than the national model, projecting that this stretch of road will see emissions that exceed the legal limit until 2028 if no further action is taken. That is clearly unacceptable. Now that both the council and the Government have a greater understanding of the problem, our priority is to work with Broxbourne Borough Council to find a means of addressing this as quickly as possible. ..."

"I understand that. Broxbourne has come to the attention of the Government via national modelling and local modelling specifically because of nitrogen dioxide emissions on that stretch of road. That is why the Government are working directly with Broxbourne. ..."

UKWIN's report on climate change impacts of waste incineration

Posted by hertswow on October 25, 2018 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The report is titled 'Evaluation of the climate change impacts of waste incineration in the United Kingdom’, October 2018. It is available from: http://ukwin.org.uk/climate/ (size 2MB)

"This report evaluates the climate change impacts of waste incineration4 and is intended to inform policy makers, decision-takers, and the public. The need for this study arises in response to the increasing quantities and proportions of UK waste that are incinerated and the necessity to consider the outcomes arising from this increasing level of incineration alongside the various conflicting claims that are made about the climate change impacts of waste incineration.


Because incinerating plastics is an inefficient way to generate electricity, incinerators release more greenhouse gases to produce the energy than would be emitted to generate the same quantity of energy through the conventional use of fossil fuels such as combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT)."

Recyclates dumped overseas

Posted by hertswow on October 23, 2018 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

By Unearthed, an investigations unit set up by Greenpeace UK in 2012. (https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/10/21/uk-household-plastics-found-in-illegal-dumps-in-malaysia/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link)

This shows up a dirty secret of the 'western' waste industry: disposal of recyclates overseas, (uneconomic, sub-standard or excess-at-destination...) while still showing RECYCLED on the subsidy paperwork in country of origin! 


"The UK exports around twice as much plastic packaging for recycling as it processes domestically – mostly to Asia."

"...  there is no such thing as away." - Mary Creagh MP.

"... where materials were poorly sorted, kept outside and exposed to sunlight, soil microbes, and water, recovery rates could be as low as 30-40%." - Seah Kian Hoe, a second-generation recycler.

"Despite these complications, British exporters receive subsidies for the full volume of recyclate they export, regardless of how much has to be discarded when it reaches its destination."

“You [developed countries] have so-called high recycling rates; as citizens do you know where your plastic waste and pollution ends up? It’s in other people’s countries, affecting other people’s children. Your recycling rate is nothing to be proud of,” - Dr LC Theng, an independent waste consultant.

"The bags had the logos of three councils in London (Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Tower Hamlets) as well as local authorities in Essex (Castle Point and Basildon). We also found a magazine wrapper addressed to a resident of Northallerton, which falls within Hambleton council."

“We are committed to reducing the amount of waste we produce, and recycling more at home. While there has been a significant increase in recycling over the last 10 years, there is more that needs to be done and we will set out proposals in our forthcoming Waste and Resources Strategy." - a Defra spokeswoman


Unearthed (@UE)

22/10/2018, 00:30

We found recycling bags from 5 local authorities apparently abandoned in Malaysia

bit.ly/2NUIEld pic.twitter.com/HjWYW7grge

PINS Report to Secretary of State

Posted by hertswow on October 2, 2018 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Planning Inspectorate has announced that Inspector Jennifer Vyse's Report will be submitted to the Secretary of State on or before 4th February 2019.

However, we will not see it until the Secretary of State issues the Decision letter.

EA's Consultation on the draft Environmental Permit

Posted by hertswow on September 26, 2018 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We have made a submission to this Consultation, as follows.


We draw attention to matters within the scope of those identified in paragraph 4.1.4, Key Issues in the Determination, page 16: “… assessment of air quality, assessment of health effects, assessment of noise impacts, assessment of BAT and consideration of consultation responses, …”:

Temperature inversions: The CALPUFF software module is used for modelling in several case

studies. We raised queries about the potential for higher pollution levels.

Local emission sources: We noted these potentially expanding or new sources that should in our

view be taken into account in the assessment of cumulative impacts: Pharmaron UK Limited

and Woollensbrook Crematorium.

Water discharge: We noted the constraints on discharges of secondary treated domestic sewage

to water bodies, in this case to the River Lee, and asked for evidence of compliance by the


Long term emissions of oxides of nitrogen: We asked the EA to explain the relatively high

emissions estimated for the proposed facility at Rye House, Hoddesdon, in comparison with

other incinerator facilities.

Best Available Technicues for this installation: We enquired whether there are specific features (other than site-specific features) of the proposed installation in regard to BAT.

Period of abnormal operation: We raised queries about the way in which the end of the period of

abnormal operation would be determined.

Health impacts of emissions by industrial processes: We noted recently published research

findings and asked for the EA to suggest to HMG that it is time to review the current guidance.

Our detailed response is available on request and will be published shortly on the EA's new online consultation hub, Citizen Space: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/psc/en11-0rf-veolia-es-hertfordshire/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link.


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Responses whose the senders have allowed to be published may still be redacted for personal identities.