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Spliffing idea for energy recycling

How incineration could generate electricity | Ross Clark - Times Online
Councils are paying to store the resulting mountains of paper because sending it to landfill sites would incur stiff taxes and because Britain lacks the capacity to incinerate the waste.

The most shocking thing is that the Government knows incinerating paper is better for the environment than recycling it and yet still has persisted with its recycling policy. It knows because the 2006 study it funded into the matter, Carbon Balances and Energy Impacts of the Management of UK Wastes, said so.

Recycling sounds worthy. The trouble is that when you compare the energy needed to transport and recycle waste paper with the energy that could be produced by burning it in power stations, it becomes clear we could cut carbon emissions by abandoning recycling and instead building incineration plants.

We persist with recycling for two reasons. First, the environmental lobby has scared the public about incineration plants - it has only to mention the word “dioxin” to cause mass fright, when in fact a well-run incinerator at high temperatures emits fewer dioxins than a typical bonfire.

Second, sorting out material for recycling has become a quasi-religious observation that the green lobby likes us to undertake in order to atone for our environmental sins - and which, as councils have discovered all too quickly, provides an ideal excuse to squeeze us with fines.

My papers no longer go to be recycled, I'm burning them at home to keep warm. No carbon footprint of transport for them, just ash to go on the fruit tree patch.

I only recently worked out how to make newspaper logs at home. I had seen those presses where you mash them all up, squeeze them and then try and dry them out. Obviously too much work and you end up with mouldy damp lumps. It is much easier to take the outside sheet off your paper, position it slightly at a skew and then roll the rest of the paper up inside it. As the outer sheet was skewed it now has triangular ends poking out beyond the cylinder. Poke these ends into the hollow centre of the cylinder and it will stay together and burn gently like a log. (If you misjudge the hole you can always just twist the ends to make a huge spliff like log.)


My problem is that I don't buy newspapers any more, and there's now nothing left to light the fire with.

My problem is I am no good at Origami. I am not sure a diagram or a you tube video would help me. I doubt if you will remember in the way back past of the late 60s early 70s there used to be a late afternoon TV programme on origami. It was on just before Crossoads, which my teenage sister loved and insisted on watching. Give me an incinerator any day. I'd be quite happy with an incinerator or nuclear power station in my locality provided we had secure,and reasonably cheap energy supplies. When I was a kid we lived on an air base with nukes on it. Didn't do us any harm.

To be fair, recycling produces a lot less 'waste' than incineration because you, well, you use everything again. That's the whole point of recycling, isn't it? It's not just about saving energy.

Also... the Global Goblins never mention the heavy duty chemicals needed to bleach the waste... do they!

[To be fair, recycling produces a lot less 'waste' than incineration because you, well, you use everything again. That's the whole point of recycling, isn't it? It's not just about saving energy.]

no, the wso called recycling that goes on is just the council trying to sell it, when they can't they either stick it in a land fill (and get fined by the EU then pass that fine onto the UK public,) or it gets stored in a warehouse (yes that's correct, they store the rubbish)

plastics etc that can be reused i do think should be recycled, but the rest should be incinerated as it will produce some energy that can take the bite out of peoples bills (or at least pay some peoples wages who operate the procedure thus creating work not at the tax payers expense)

The real problem is that burning waste paper and cardboard for power generation is not allowed by our real government (that is, the one in Brussels), because it counts as trade waste and is subject to all sorts of licencing bureacracy before it can be transported. So that makes it too expensive to be worthwhile.

Thanks, EU, yet again.

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Alas, those who have bought wood-burning stoves or installed fireplaces in the last couple of decades, after it was touted as "green" for the usual reasons (replenishable, non-fossil, etc) are now having to remove them as towns are banning them because they produce more [locally, vs distant electric plant, or natural gas] CO2.

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