Comment

Our fears over new incinerator

How the new Edmonton incinerator will look
How the new Edmonton incinerator will look

A campaign has been launched against the construction of a new waste plant in Edmonton, writes Louise Krzan

Household waste has to go somewhere, but in this era of climate change protests and ultra-low emission zones, we have a huge opportunity to develop sustainable, clean, environmentally-friendly waste solutions for the future.

So why, as the current Edmonton incinerator comes to the end of its life, has the government agreed plans to replace it with one of the largest incinerators in Europe? The Stop the Edmonton Incinerator Now campaign aims to challenge this decision.

The proposed new incinerator, branded an ‘Energy Recovery Facility’ (ERF), is the brainchild of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA). Estimated as costing taxpayers around £650million, it could lock us into burning 700,000 tonnes of waste, much of it recyclable, every year for the next three decades. A study last year by the UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) estimated one tonne of CO2 was emitted by incinerators for each tonne of waste burned.

Stop the Edmonton Incinerator Now is a campaign started by concerned local mothers from neighbouring Waltham Forest. Worried about the air pollution children are already exposed to, an incinerator rebuild also locks future generations into huge carbon emissions without fully exploring the alternatives. Despite using advanced emission filters, incinerators still contribute considerable amounts of harmful toxins, pollutants and ultra-fine particles into the atmosphere and the monitoring results are not adequately open to public scrutiny.


This story is published by Enfield Dispatch, Enfield's free monthly newspaper and free news website. We are a not-for-profit publication, published by a small social enterprise. We have no rich backers and rely on the support of our readers. Donate or become a supporter.


The more we looked into this, the more the decision to build a new incinerator seemed like an archaic way to deal with waste. The planned incinerator contradicts the Mayor of London’s pledge to increase London’s household recycling rate to 65% by 2030. Imagine how far just half of that £650m would go if spent on education and support for residents and businesses with low rates of recycling?

The incinerator’s high capacity and financial viability depends on a constant supply of waste to burn, which, combined with generous government subsidies – as evidenced by other boroughs with incinerators – actively discourages investment in recycling and other more sustainable forms of waste management.

The Stop the Edmonton Incinerator Now campaign, supported by UKWIN, is raising awareness and providing information to locals about what the incinerator rebuild would mean for them and to challenge the notion that incineration is the only way to deal with London’s waste.

For more information on the Stop the Edmonton Incinerator campaign:
Visit stop-edmonton-incinerator.org


We know times are hard

If you are struggling to make ends meet, we are keeping Enfield Dispatch free because of you. We know that many people cannot afford to pay for local news, so this website and our print paper will always be free. If you can afford to, and value what we do, a small monthly, yearly or one-off contribution can support us to keep providing quality journalism for Enfield to our community for free.

Monthly direct debit 

Annual direct debit

£5 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else, £10 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else and a print copy posted to them each month. £50 annual supporters get a digital copy of each month's paper before anyone else.  

Donate now with Pay Pal

More information on supporting us monthly or yearly 

More Information about donations