Incineration should be phased out

Thursday, 18th November 2021


The Edmonton incinerator

• COUNCILLOR Adam Harrison defended his backing of the current proposals for rebuilding the Edmonton incinerator, the contract for which is due to be confirmed on December 16.

Climate Emergency Camden and others have been campaigning against the current proposals for the rebuilding of the incinerator for more than two years, on the basis that it will be too large, will deincentivise recycling, and will result in more recyclable material being burned than is at present.

As part of the contract for the new facility there will be a requirement for the North London Waste Authority to provide a set quantity of material for burning.

This is opposite to the direction of travel we should be taking. All efforts should be on reducing the amount of waste we produce and increasing recycling.

The plans for the new incinerator are based on projections that allow for increased waste rather than the reverse. It is the equivalent of a new road building programme that will result in more cars using it.

At the UN COP26 climate conference the chief executive officer of ACCIONA, the Spanish company due to be awarded the contract in December, admitted that the proposed Edmonton plant is oversized, saying: “The massive oversizing is something that’s beyond our control, so it’s a specific issue of the plant.”

In addition Camden’s recycling service is inadequate. It needs a complete overhaul and a less passive approach by the council to its contract with Veolia.

Camden need to go into every home to explain to households what they need to do and provide facilities for recycling. At present too many homes, especially those on council estates, do not have adequate facilities.

Please email Cllr Harrison and ask him to “pause and review” the current proposals for the Edmonton incinerator before it is too late (

Please see the following website for more information about incineration nationally –

Incineration should be phased out because it exacerbates climate change, is a barrier to the circular economy, and harms air quality and people’s health.


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