'There is a lot in the waste strategy that we like but we think that the waste from energy is being over-egged, ' Young emphasises. 'Black bag burning must not happen. Unsorted waste burning must not be part of the waste strategy. Energy from waste should only be from residuals, for which the only other proposition would be putting them in a hole.' Certainly the government's latest waste strategy, which is now out for consultation, attempts to paint 27% incineration as an upper figure in the mix. But Young fears an 'unholy dash for energy from waste' if local authorities see it as the easy solution.
'We are very unhappy about any solution that sees energy from waste as a big, simple turnkey solution that is easier than waste minimisation, reuse and recycling, ' she says. 'If the local authority invests in a big incinerator you have got to feed the beast for 30 years to get your money back.'