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Scotland to dump plans to build large scale incinerators

Proposals for large scale rubbish incineration schemes in Scotland are unlikely to proceed following the SNP Government's statement on Waste Policy last week.

Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead told the Scottish Parliament that the Government was setting new targets to support its ambition to move Scotland to the forefront of nations striving to achieve a zero waste society.

"I propose targets for recycling of 50% by 2013, 60% by 2020 and 70% by 2025," he said. "Our aim is to reduce the landfill proportion of domestic waste to 5% by 2025. By 2025 no more than 25% should be used for energy from waste.

"While we will encourage small-scale combined heat and power and district heating projects, the government is opposed to large, inefficient energy from waste plants and we reject area waste plans which propose incineration of 40% or 50% of total tonnages.

"Consequently, we will revoke the allocations of funding made by the previous administration to those groups of authorities whose proposals breach those policies."

The revocations apply to indicative funding for Waste Area Plan proposals for Lanarkshire and Lothian & Borders.

The Lothian & Borders Waste Management Project submitted an outline business case in to the Scottish Government for Strategic Waste Fund support in September 2007.

This envisaged up to 50% of the total tonnages of municipal waste going to energy from waste.

Public consultation last autumn on the latest Lanarkshire Waste Management Project proposals from North and South Lanarkshire Council's were predicated on a favoured option which would include construction through a PPP of a treatment facility with a maximum capacity of 300,000 tonnes a year which would take between 30-40% of the total amounts.

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