INCINERATING SOME waste could be more energy efficient than recycling it, the ICE said this week.
A report says that up to 17Mt of CO2 emissions could be avoided if all waste was scrutinised for the amount of energy required to recycle it.
'It may be a better CO 2 solution to burn low value plastics such as yoghurt pots, rather than transport, clean and process them, ' said ICE waste management board vice chair Peter Gerstrom.
The ICE report estimates that £10bn must be spent on recycling and waste processing facilities to divert refuse from landfills under the requirements of the European Landfill Directive.
But the ICE has said that the facilities are not being assessed for how much carbon dioxide the facilities produce.
It wants the government to spend the money on recovery centres which provide a wide range of processes suited to the type of waste collected.
INFOPLUS The case for a resource management strategy can be found at www. ice. org