GREEN FLASH: MEP clashes with FoE on recycling

09 February 2007 07:00  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Burning plastics waste in incinerators to produce energy need not drive out plastics recycling, said Caroline Jackson, a UK member of the European Parliament, currently responsible for the revision of the Waste Framework directive.


“The EU energy crisis means it is madness to pass up on the chance to use our waste as a safe fuel”, she told ICIS Chemical Business for its special environmental issue this week.


Denmark and the Netherlands, she pointed out, both have high rates of incineration and recycling, with low dependence on landfill. “They demonstrate how such a dual system can be made to work successfully.”


Industry association PlasticsEurope also rejected claims made by environmentalists that recovery of energy form plastic waste can reduce focus on recycling.


But Michael Warhurst, Friend of the Earth’s senior waste campaigner, noted that municipal waste incinerators were inefficient and that “it is unlikely that energy recovery for plastics will be an alternative route [to recycling]. To improve plastics recycling, he said, the plastics industry needs to make its products recyclable or compostable. “We want to see these products recycled and it is industry’s role to work out how to do it.”


ICIS Chemical Business this week (commencing 5 February) has devoted its entire issue to environmental issues. To read this article in full and to see more free stories from the special green issue, click here.

By: Anna Jagger
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