Slop Buckets For All
The UK has to reduce landfill by 75 per cent on 1995 levels by 2013 or face billions of pounds worth of fines from Europe.
The waste review suggests a ban on dumping biodegradable waste like food in landfill. This will mean slop buckets in most people’s homes as food waste will have to be collected separately. Already one in four councils collect food waste separately and more are expected to follow.
It also means the Government will have to build 500 new energy from waste plants to deal with the biodegradable waste.
Alan Whitehead, the Labour MP and chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group, said communities will have to accept more waste plants if the UK is to meet targets on cutting landfill.
“Something is going to have to change in terms of how we manage our waste,” he said. “You can do that by telling people they are going to have a great big waste plant next door or you can do it by discussing it with the local people and encouraging community ownership.”
But Julian Kirby, Friends of the Earth’s resource use campaigner, said communities would not accept incinerators.
“Suggesting people will accept incinerators if they come in pretty buildings with a cash reward belittles the valid arguments that communities have against them,” he said.
“Incinerators trap councils in decades-long costly contracts and belch out climate changing gases.”
So if it wasn't for the Eu we could just put it all in a hole in the ground out of sight, cover it over so it wasn't offensive, trap the methane and produce power with it and lock up the rest of the carbon in the rubbish for hundreds of years, as it is underground. And not spend millions on new systems and have to have slop buckets under the kitchen table. So why are we doing it again?